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By JOHN BUTTERS 



WHILE Commodore are launching "the 
best [Amiga] bundle ever assembled", 
Atari have been forced to raise the price 
of their lower specification ST to within 
£70 erf the Amiga, This mates Cartoon 
daisies the obvious choice for people 
wanting 1 6 bit computes. 

Cartoon Classic* is based on an 
A500 and includes a ram expansion to 
give it one megabyte of memory, a TV 
modulator to enable the computer to 
be used with a television., three top 
games and the art package Deluxe 
Paint III. 

It's a triumph for Commodore, with 
inclusion of what promises to be the 
next hit game, Bart Versus The Space 
Mutants, This yet to be released Ocean 
program has been specially converted 
to rUfi on One megabyte Amigas, with 
the version going on general sale 
requiring half a megabyte. 

Still on the theme of animation, 
Cartoon Classics also has a one 
megabyte copy of Captain Planet and 
the Planeteers, as well as the award- 
winning Psygnosis hit Lemmings, itsetf 
making the bundle attractive for 
first time buyers. An enthusiastic 



Commodore MD, Stephen Fran kin, 

commented; "Cartoon Classics is the 
best bundle we have ever assembled. 
The Amiga 500 continues to go from 
strength to strength, confirming its 
position as the foremost 16-bit com- 
puter on the market". 

The pack has been released two 
months earlier than the manufacturer 
had intended because of economic 
conditions in the UK. Commodore 
hopes to sell 5D,0O0 units during the 
summer and no less than 150,000 
between September and December. 

Hot on the heels of Commodore's 
announcement came Atari's move, rais- 
ing the price of their entry-level ST pack 
by £30 to £329.99. This closes the price 
gap between the ST and Amiga 
machines to only £?0. 

Discovery Xtra was released only a 
month ago, based on the half 
megabyte 520STE computer but the 
firm says a strong dollar has forced the 
increase. Inside the Atari bundle there 
are four ageing games and three other 
programs including an art package and 
Basic programming language. 

The price rise comes only weeks after 



WHAT'S 




What you get from. 



Price;£J99.99 



Commodore 

CartoonClissks 
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1Mb Am TV modulator 
Deluxe Paint ill 
Garnet: 

Bart Versus The Space Mutants, 
Captain Planet, Lemmings 




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bcMts 

Half megabyte 52QsT£ 

WBoChrame, FrrST Bask, ST Tour 

Comsv 

Indiana |ones, Dragon's Breath, 
Anarchy, Super Cycle 

concerned Atari president Sam Tramiel 
warned Commodore that he will "blow 
them away" in a new war between the 
Atari ST and the Amiga, which has 
become the number one home 
computer. In an interview at Chicago 
he said that his firm was poised to 



go "head-lo-head" with Commodore in 
the games market. Me said that 
the Amiga and the ST were hasically 
equal machines and that further devel- 
opment with the ST range will ensure 
his computer's success in the market 
place. 



New policy greeted with mixed feelings 



SMALL Amiga dealers are furious at 
changes to Commodore's returns pol- 
icy for dead on arrival (DOA) equip- 
ment which they argue is making them 
pay for Commodore's mistakes. 

Before July 1, 1 991 dealers returned 
DOA machines to their distributor 
within 30 days and new units were 
received the next day. Commodore 
bosses in the States claim the system 
was open to abuse, with equipment 
more than six. months old being 
returned as new and resulting in a very 
high service bill. 

The new policy cuts out the distribu- 
tor, with dealers sending all faulty 
equipment directly to the firm's 
National Repair Centre. Machines 



proved to be DOA will be replaced 
within 1 4 days and those more than 30 
days old will be repaired. 

Larger dealers are set to benefit from 
the changes. To compensate for the 
extra costs dealers are expected to 
incur, Commodore have increased their 
dealer margins by half a per cent. 

In a statement to dealers, 
Commodore's national sales manager, 
Kelfy Sumner said that the extra margin 
gives an additional £325 for every 100 
machines bought 

Sumner adds that if a failure rate of 
eight per cent is assumed, with the cost 
of return at £7.50 each, dealers can 
expect to lift their profits by £265 for 
every 100 machines sold. One of the 



country's largest Amiga dealers, Silica 
Systems, are quite enthusiastic about 

the changes. "It simplifies life consider- 
ably and the improved margins are also 
an advantage," said Sitka Systems 
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Clip art 
brightens Amiga 

WRITERS looking to liven up their 
desktop publishing and wordprocess- 
ing wort; with pictures can use a new 
range of clip art images, covering var- 
ious subjects. 

Ail are supplied in full page-size, 
bitmapped graphics in the standard 
.IF'F file format, enabling them to be 
loaded into a wide range of applica- 
tions Each disk contains about 40 
images and costs £19.95. 

The 1 3 picture library categories 
are: transportation, birds and ani- 
mals, trees and plants, business 
graphics, food and beverages, peo- 
ple, occupations, caricatures, special 
occasions, signs and symbols, sports 
and recreation, education, frames 
and borders. 

Kuma Computers (0734 844335) 
are adding music, medical and 
extended birds and animals disks to 
their collection later this year. An 
illustrated 60-page catalogue and a 
sample disk cost £3.50. 

And from Texas, IMOVAlronics 
(010 1 214 340 4991) have 
announced clip art lor the Amiga, 
intended lor use with multimedia 
presentation systems. 

More than 500 frequently used 
images including videodisk, music, 
sounds, trashcan,. mouse, printer, 
anim, pic, clock, document, floppy 
disk and mathematical symbols make 
up the $59.95 package. 




Classroom 
typing easier 



ADPro gets 
better image 

AN UPGRADE to the ASDG image 

manipulation program Art Department 
Professional, or ADPro as it is also 
known, has just been launched In New 

Yonc 

Version 1,0.3 includes drivers tor 
Impulse Firecracker 24 display board, 
PP &S FrameGrabber video digitiser, 
new file formats and new image pro- 
cessing functions. 

Drivers for recently announced hard- 
ware have also been added to the 
range. They are now available for the 
Epson ES-3Q0C flatbed scanner, Kodak 
SV6510 dye sublimation printer and 
also the Polaroid G-3000 digital film 
recorder. 

Dates of UK releases and prices were 
unavailable from distributor Silica 
Systems (081-309 11 11) at the lime of 
going to press but in its homeland 
ADPto sells for J240 and the drivers can 
be picloed up for about J200 each. 



TEACHERS are among Amiga users, who 
are being targeted for an add-on key- 
board which makes the micro more 

accessible to teachers, children and 
disabled people. 

Designed to be used alongside the 
Amiga's Qwerty keyboard, the Concept 
2000 is made up of either 128 or 256 
user-definable keys and is housed in a 
plastic case. 

The user configure* the keys on the 
membrane to be precisely what they 
want it to be. 

A button on the Concept keyboard 
could, for example, be a picture, a 
word of any language, a whole sen- 
tence or control codes and this is 
described on the keyboard oveday. 
Concept keyboards are already a 



familiar sight with BBC Micro users but 
The Concept Keyboard Company's Paul 
Coddard says he designed an Amiga 
version because the product is specific 
to education and Commodore are 
actively involved in pursuing a share of 
the education market. 

Compatible with all Amigas, it is 
available from HB Marketing (0753 
686000) for £246,40. To enable the 
keyboard to be used with software, an 
interfacing program called Think 
Overlay Designer is also needed. The 
interfacing software costs £56.75 and 
can be obtained from Think (Q21-384 

4168) 

For more information call The 
Concept Keyboard Company on 0962 
843352 



Amiga proves world record 




NO AMOUNT of shorthand training could prepare a journal- 
ist for an interview with quick-talking Steve Woodman; of 
Orpington, Kent. 

The 31 -year-old holds the world record for being the 
fastest talker, which he says would not have been possible 
without his two Amigas. 

for many months Steve tried to prove he could talk faster 
than the existing record of 585 words per minute held by an 
American. Problems arose when he fried to convince people 
that he was really talking, sense at high speed. 

At first, Steve made a trip to London's Capital Radio and 
told the stations ]ohn Erving that he could break the record. 
He was shuffted into the studio and brake the record In front 

of the D|. 

The tape was played over the air that evening but Steve 
was shocked as he heard himself being portrayed as a "nut 
case" and the station not acknowledging the record. 

He tried to slow the tape of his speech down to half 
speed but found the pitch was lost completely. Unable to 
afford the £1,500 per hour hire charge lor a pitch converter, 



his A500 - which until then only been used for running 
games - came to the rescue. Firing up a Datel sound sam- 
pler, a tape of Steve reading a passage from the book Potritf 
Gomes was taken a word at a time, slowed down and run 
through the sampler to increase the pitch Once broken 
down, he could prove to Cuiness Book of Records editor 
Donald McFarlane that his claim of 637.48 words per minute 
was genuine. 

Since- becoming the official record holder, Steve has been 
involved in many publicity stunts. An appropriate job was on 
behalf of Commodore at the recent Chicago CES where he 
demonstrated the Cuiness Disk of Records CD, in which 
Woodmore plays a major role. 

Radio listeners in the Newcastle area can hear Steve in 
commercials on Metro Radio and he is expected la appear at 
several computer shows for Commodore, mainly promoting 
the CDW. 

But the Amiga is the real heroine. Steve says; "Without 
the Amiga home computer it would have been financially 
Impossible for me to prove I had broken the workd record". 




Hard drivin' Amiga 

HIGH flying Amiga users are being 
offered a new line of SCSI hard disks. 
Available for the A500, AISOO and 
A20GQ, the Dataflyer range is avail- 
able with either S6 or 1 30 megabytes 
of storage capacity, 

Dataflyer 500 is an eternal ver- 
sion for the A500 and is only 25 mil- 
limetres high, while owners of the 
A2000 have cheaper plug-in hard 
cards called Dataflyer 2000, Both 
have fast start-up with an access time 
of 56 milliseconds and are auto-park- 
ing. 

The range also includes upgrades 
for the Commodore A5 90 disk, to 
increase its storage capacity Irom 20 
to 56 or 130 megabytes. The 
Dataflyer S00 costs £369.99 and 
£599.99, Dataflyer 2000s are 
£324.99 and £499.99 while AS90 
upgrades start at £249.99, 

Prices include SCSI interfaces, 
which can be obtained separately for 
£129,99 for the AS00 and £79.99 for 
the A2O0O. 

Available from Trilogic (0274 

691115). 



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By John Butters 



WHETHER you wanted to see the latest 
Amiga bits and pieces, pick up bargains 
or dimply quiz people tn the know, the 
recent 4th International 16 Bit 
Computer Show at Hammersmith was 
worth a visit. 

More than HO Firms packed into 
this, year's only major summer event tor 
the serious side of Amiga computing, 
and severa! companies unveiled new 
products.. 

New to the country and Amiga, 
Protar were showing their A500 HD 
hard disk and Visto A 14 CM colour 
monitor. The ASOO HD has been 
designed to blend in with the com- 
puter and is available with storage 
space of between 20 and 200 
megabytes. Prices start at £285 for the 
20 meg version. 

Vlsto A 1 4 CM has a 1 4 in screen giv- 
ing a resolution of 6QQ by 285 pixels 
and stereo sound. Supplied with cables 
to connect it to the computer, it is set 
to compete with the well-established 
Philips CM&B 33- 

IF the A20O0's too slow for you then 
one of the newest accelerator boards, 
Fusion- Forty, will do more than help 
speed things up, The fastest accelerator 
available for the computer it comes 



from Germany's Advanced Computer 
Design and is distributed here by 
Power Computing. 

It can be expanded to give 32 
megabytes of memory and comes pop- 
ulated with four megabytes. With a 
performance of 1 & to 25 MIP5 it is up 
to 1 times faster than the A3000, and 
if users have any software incompatibil- 
ity problems, a switch will disable it 
and power up the computer's own 
processor. 

Both companies were showing the 
board at the show and If you were car- 
rying £1 ,999 you could walk away with 
one from Power, who also had their 
PC8S0B drive on sale. The £65 external 
drive has many features including anti- 
virus hardware which can prevent write 
access to the boot block. 

The Bedfordshire-based firm had 
probably the most powerful Amiga 
ever assembled on display. The fully- 
expanded nine megabyte A20Q0 was 
fitted with a Fusion-Forty accelerator 
card itself populated with 32 
megabytes of memory and a 128 
megabyte read/write optical drive. 

Hidden away in a corner of the 
Gasteiner stand was another German 
hardware firm trying to enter the 



booming British market with the help 
of the London -based distributor. BSC 
are responsible for 45, 52 and 105 
megabyte ASOO hard disks, a hard disk 
controller and memory expansion for 
mid to top-end Amigas. 

At Surface, the recently-released 
modems from Supra Corporation with 
2,400 baud rates, and MNP error cor- 
rection level two and five were on sale. 
SupraModems are available as either 
external models or internal For users of 
A20O0 and A3000 computers. 

Also available was the Supra Drive 
500XP, a hard disk with up to eight 
megabytes of fast ram. Elements of the 
device can be switched off at the flick 
of a switch, so you can enable or dis- 
able auto-booting, change the drive's 
SCSI device number, and disable the 
ram or hard disk. 

Version 1.2 of desktop publishing 
package 5axon Publisher includes sev- 
eral additional features, again available 
from Surface, Text, printing and utilities 
have all been improved to make Saxon 
Publisher the ideal choice for DTP on 
one megabyte Amigas. 

For most people the show was the 
first opportunity to see HiSoFl's 
Tornado flight simulator ProFlight. 
Although based on a fighter plane, the 
simulation manages to break away 
from the popular shoot-'em-up bias to 



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give reatistic flying although energy jets 
can still be fired at. 

Pandaal Marketing have just formed 
a mail order division named City Beat, 
They were selling the parent company's 
new Daalascan Professional 400 dots 
per inch scanner, external floppy dives 
and mice. 

Keyboard overlays for most types of 
Amiga came from Silverbird 
Computing, 

The blank overlays fit over and 
around the keyboard to enable com- 
mands and keyboard shortcuts to be 
written on to the overlay and seen 
quickly when using software. 

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what could be a strategic marketing vic- 
tory. The firm have announced there 
will be a line-up of 39 karaoke releases 
for the machine, each with 1 8 tracks. 

CDTV can be hooked up to a hi-fi 
and microphone and words fromthe 
songs appear onscreen. The titles are to 
be released by Arbiter, and will sell for 
just under £40, Two more disks will be 
launched at Christmas. 



Better times for video 



DUE FOR release shortly by JCL Business 
Systems (0B92 75791) is an upgrade to 

their video digitizers, ColourPic and 
SuperPk. AniMate adds colour anima- 
tion and includes a ram expansion card 
with time marker logic, manual and 
software. 

It provides a method of producing 
colour quarter screen animated images 
on the Amiga, where images come 
from a video camera or VCR. The soft- 
ware includes sequence recording as 



well as single step recording so that 

animations can be captured from real 
life or models. 

Short sequences may be recorded 
directly into ram and longer sequences 
built by joining short sequences using 
the time marker system built into the 
hardware, providing that the VCR has 
an audio channel suitable for dubbing 
on the time code, Sequences may be 
previewed in the digitiser ram before 
converting individual fields into .IF files 



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replay. 

The AniMate hardware also expands 
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for interia-ce, overscan and other digitis- 
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Existing users of the two digitizers. 
can upgrade for £150, which includes 
installation by JCL 

Prices for ColourPic and SuperPic 
with AniMate already fitted are £549 
and £649 respectively. 



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Chip firm under 
investigation 

A LEADING chip manufacturer is under 
investigation by the United States 
Federal Trade Commission tor allegedly 
favouring large buyers in the supply of 
chips. 

Firms have complained that they are 
unable to obtain small orders of impor- 
tant Intel chips and as a result are 
unable to get their products completed 
and into stores quickly enough. 

The row centres on the 80386 chip 
used in IBM compatibles but Intel also 
produce 80286 chips which are used in 
certain PC emulators. 



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EA buys Canadian firm 

GAMES giant Electronic Arts have just 
bought Canadian software developer 
Distinctive Software, the firm responsi- 
ble for hits such as Test Drive M and 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The 
Simpsons. 

More than 40 titles have been 
released by Distinctive and their 7? staff 
will continue their work in Canada. 
Meanwhile, Electronic Arts have also 
struck a deal to become the European 
distributors of Californian software 
house Three Sixty. 

• Electronic Arts' telephone number 
has changed to 0753 549442 as a 
result of British Telecom adjustments to 
Slough numbers. 




NEC gets 
into action 



LONDON-based cumputer supplier, 
Action Computer Supplies (080O 331 
333), have just added the entire line- of 
NEC 24-pin printers to their ever 
increasing range of products. 

The cheapest model, the Pinwriter 
P7Q, is a 1 32-cokimn machine printing 
at 300 characters per second in draft 
mode and 100 characters per second in 
one of its letter quality fonts. The price, 



£51 5, includes a free colour kit which 
normally sells for £7fl. 

The company's latest model, the 
Pinwriter P90 is capable ol handling six- 
part stationery. With an 80k buffer and 
a draft mode print speed of 400 charac- 
ters per second, it features Epson 
LQ850, LQ105O and NEC 24-pin emu- 
lations. With 10 resident fonts the 
Pinwriter costs 1689. 




A GftOUP of public domain libraries 
have joined forces to ensure they oper- 
ate on a sound business tooting and 
boost the Image of the industry by 
working swiftly, after the recent failure 
of many small firms and libraries. 

The primary role of United Public 
Domain Suppliers is to set a common 
price for PD disks in order to prevent 
the fierce price wars that are frequently 




Amiga taking 
best route 

DRfVtRS will soon be able to refy on their 
Amigas to direct them to destinations 
' throughout the country with the help of 
route planning package GBRoute Plus. 

As an improved version ot GBRoute, 

| the most important change b the indu- 

' sion of fl roads and some large C roads 

to its database. This means that the 

| number of roads included has more than 

' doubled in see from 3,000 to 6,500 and 

an extra 11,500 places have been 

added. 

Changes to the program's operation 

. will mate it more user friendly than the 

j existing program. Users will be able to 

' take their vehicles via five places and 

avoid three blackspots, including one 

road. 

Three routes suggested by the 
database for any fmffey are the fastest, 
shortest and the cheapest, and the 
arrival time at your destination will be 
calculated depending on your speed and 
departure time. 

Software to enable users to add extra 
places to their database is to be offered 
separately, GBRoute Plus Edit allows any 
details to be added so, for example, a 
company with offices dotted over the 
country cotiW add them to the map and 
plan routes between them. 

Requiring one megabyte of memory, 
CBRoute Plus will have a retail price of 
£79.95 and should be available by the 
end of August 

Contact Comptex on 0706 224531 . 



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the cause of businesses failing and 
Amiga users being left without prod- 
ucts and money, 

They intend to respond to orders 
within a reasonable period of time. A 
spokesman explained; "We have all 
found that the customer demands a 
quick and efficient service. 

"Only a professional full-time library 
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until someone comes home from 
school or other full time employment", 
UPOS is made up of Blittercriips, 
NBS, Start and Valley Public Domain 
Libraries, but any library operating for a 
year or more is invited to join the 
group. The only proviso is that they 
must be VAT registered and abide by 
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DETAILS of a Commodore-specific computer show have just been announced. 
The event will run from November 15 to 17 at London's Earls Court 11, which 
will be open to trade and press visitors on the previous day. 

World of Commodore has already attracted support from major players in 
the Amiga scene including Qtean, Electronic Arts and Psygnosis. It will have a 
Christmas shopping mall, seminars and a special area devoted to the CDTV 
The show will be organised by Commodore and UP Exhibitions. 

Before then Commodore intend to have a large presence at the European 
Computer Entertainment Show in September. The main attraction from the 
company promises to be the consumer launch of the A690 CD-Rom which 
will enable A500 owners to use CDTV software. 

Although its price remains unfixed, industry experts predict it will cost 
£290. But the firm's existing range of products will also be promoted at the 

"We will be showing that Commodore have the widest and most flexible 
offering to leisure computing, from the C64 at under £1 00 through the Amiga 
range to the PC*, said spokesman Andrew 'Ball. 

Billed as the number one event for computer entertainment many games 
houses are expected to have new software ready to be shown at Earis Court 11 
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AS CAMBRIDGE United football Club celebrate their promotion into the second divi- 
sion it has been announced that peripheral giant Fujitsu Europe is extending its 
sponsorship of the club until 1 994. 

Under the six-figure contract, Fujitsu became the dubs major sponsor, CUFC's 
commercial manager John Holmes told Amiga Computing: "Fujitsu will be totally 
recognised as the main sponsor. Everything to do with Cambridge United will bear 
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Software nicker nicked 



A SOFTWARE pirate found guilty of ille- 
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first leisure software pirate to be impris- 
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Trading as A & J Software, Andrew 
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Nottingham was found guilty of five 
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begun by FAST, the software industry 
watchdog, and the prosecution was 
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220 dots per inch, it is packaged with 
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THE world's cheapest and newest 9-pin 
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and 40 characters per second in near 
letter quality, Epson-compatible, it has 
a buffer of IK and can handle two- 
sheet multi-part paper, 

The ieikosha costs just £1 25 




More play for Amiga 

AMIGA games players have had their 
wide choice of joysticks expanded fur- 
ther with the addition of two Amiga 
models to the QuickShot range. Both 
have the now standard microswitch 
control. 

Maverick 1 M features include a four- 
po si Lion operating mode selector, 
arcade-type control stick, two fire but- 
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fire option. With a 4ft cable, Maverick 
1M has suction pads on its base and 
costs £15.99. 

Python 1 M is a micro-switch version 
of the earlier Python 1 joystick. It is 
described as having an ergonomic 
design and has two fire buttons in 
addition to an auto-fire switch. Price 
£10.99. Contact Bondwell Europe 
(081-365 1993). 




DIARY 
DATES 



6 to S September 1991 
Computer Entertainment Jfiow 

Organiser EMAP 

(071-40* 4844} 

Venue; Earls Court 1 

rf you're interested in games, a trip 

along to Earls Court II is a must 

15 to 17 November 1991 

World o! Commodore 

Organiser: 1TP Exhibitions 

Venue; tarts Court 2 

The 1 5th Commodore event, which 

already has huge industry backing, 

5 to a December 1991 
Computer Shopper Show 

Organiser: Blenheim 
(037-868 44S6) 
Venue; Wembky Exhibition Halls 
An opportunity to buy some bar- 
gains before Christmas. It's 
expected to be much larger than 
last year's show. 

7 to 9 February 1992 

5th tntentationai 16-bll Computer 
Shaw 

Organiser: Westminster Exhibition* 

(QS1 -S49 3444) 

Venae: Novolei, Hammersmith 

The first post -Christmas Amiga 

show. Expect plenty of bargains. 



OVERSEAS 

20 to 22 September 1991 
Amiga World Benelux 

Organiser: Interixpo and Media 

Holland 

(010 31040529191) 

Venue; fair Building, Eindhoven 

Much to be seen, including the 

CDTV and a 3D laser show staged 

with the help of an Amiga, 

• If you are organising a show rele- 
vant to the Amiga and it is not 
listed above, please let us know so 
that we can include it in Diary Dates 






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The summer ii often a slow time 
for new software in the United 
States. - Amiga users are more 
interested in lounging by the pool or 
playing volleyball at this time ol year. 

However, with the hot and humid 
summer we've been having, the stream 
of new products being released is more 
than welcome. Sitting in front at your 
Amiga begins to look awfully 
attractive when it's 95 
degrees outside, with 75 
per cent humidity. 

Long summer 
evenings in the US 
can always be 
spent stargazing, 
unless the typi- 
cally summer 
severe thunder 
storms are passing 
through. But now we 
can examine the ski 
even on cloudy, rainy nights, 
thanks to Virtual Reality Laboratories 
[2141 Canador Court, San Luis Obispo, 
CA 93401) 

Their new release. Distant Suns 4.0, 
is the most amazing planetarium pro- 



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gram I've seen for any computer. Earlier 
versions of the program, which were 
known as Galileo and Distant Suns 3,0, 
respectively, were amazing in their own 
right, but this update has more features 
than most productivity programs! 

New feature! in this J99.95 program 

include an ARexx interface, multiple 

screen resolution support - including 

overscan - and the ability to view 

the stars from a point up to 

400 astronomical units 

rum our sun. 

Also new ii ani- 
mation capability. 
For instance, you 
can create an ani- 
mation showing 
the path of 
Halley's Comet as it 
passed through our 
solar system recently, 
u'll need two floppy 
and 1Mb of memory. 
Interestingly enough, four versions af 
the program are available: AmigaDOS 
13, 1,3 with math co-processor. 2.0, 
and 2-0 with co-processor. 

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of accessory disks for the program. 
Perhaps the most impressive are the 
Space Visions disks, a collection of IFF 
images of the moon, Mars, spacecraft 

flights, and deep-sky objects. 

This fascinating 25-disk set has abso- 
lutely spectacular images that can be 
viewed with standard IFF viewers., or 
from within Distant Suns itself, 

They're available in theme sets 
{Voyager, Apollo, etc) for 17 to S2Q, or 
SI GO for the entire 25 disk, 246-image 
collection. 

Light summer reading 

For those Amiga nuts who do actually 
spend some ol their summer time 
lounging by the pool, there's a new 
book that will make interesting poolside 
reading, Addison- Wesley (Reading. 
Massachusetts 01867. Tel: 617-944- 
3700} have published the first In the 
AmigaDOS 2,0 Technical Reference 
Series, The Amiga User Interface Style 
Guide (121 35). 

This book is an invaluable reference 
for both the casual and professional 
Amiga programmer, It explains the 
issues programmers need to under- 
stand when creating user interfaces for 
their Amiga software, Commodore 
have finally decided to encourage some 
standards, so you won't have to deal 
with a completely new interface with 
every program you purchase. 

Topics covered include the proper 
way to handle windows, requesters, 
menus, shell commands, and ARexx 
interfaces within programs you write. 
Technkally-minded users who don't 
actually write code, but wonder why 
things work the way they do with 
Amiga programs, will still find lots of 



Digitized beach 
bikinis 

Amigans who go so far as to leave 

their machines behind and go on a 
summer beach trip can digitize their 
bikini pictures using ASDG's new soft- 
ware lor the Epson 300C scanner. The 
software, available separately or as 
part of a scanner bundle from Prime 
Option, Inc. (2341 West 205th Street, 
Torrance, CA 90501. Tel: 213 61 8- 
0274), revolutionises high quality, low 
cost (as far as 24-bit scanning goes, 
anyway) colour scanning on the 
Amiga. 

For a retail price of only SI 995, you 
gel an 8.5 x 1 1 in bed, 300dpi resolu- 
tion, flatbed scanner that supports 
1 6.7 million colours, along with full 
software support. Images can be 



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Workbench 2.1 - already! 



Since Commodore have finally shipped the Lowell card, 
what's coming up on their release schedule? Would you 
beheve Workbench 2. 1 ? 

No, that's not a typo. I realize that Workbench 2-0 hasn't 
even shipped yet. Apparently the final version of Kickstart 2.0 
(Kickstarl 2.04., version 37.175) went to the rom burners 
about two months ago. The word is that 2-0 ii finished, and is 
only waiting on the marketing department to get around to 
packaging it and shipping it. 

Now, it seems the Commodore software engineers are 
busy working on Workbench 2.1 already! It seems that 2,1, 



which will be a disk-only update, will add in all the little extras 
that Commodore didn't have time to slip into the final 2.04 

rom release. 

Among the features that might be included in the 2.1 
release are the internationalization support - for those of you 
dying to see your Workbench menus in German - and scal- 
able Compugraphic outline fonts, although these might make 
it into the 2.04 release at the last minute. 

Well, those are the hot new Amiga products released in the 
USA this month. I'll be back with more news next month, 
alter I get the sand out of my Amiga from the beach trip, 




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saved in Amiga IFF or IFF24 formats. 

Two versions ol the scanning soft- 
ware are included- One is a loader for 
ASDG's Art Department Professional 
that lets you scan directly into that 
program. You can then process the 
image and save it in any format sup 
ported by ADPro. 

The second program, for folks with 
less memory, mare: demanding scan- 
ning applications, or who don't own 
ADPro, uses a virtual memory tech- 
nique to scan large images directly to 
disk, 

So you've now scanned a great pic- 
ture of you and your dog, Agnes, surf- 
ing in the Atlantic. At 300dpi, the 
detail in the picture is fantastic, but it's 
also 1024 x 1024 pixels, forcing you 
to scroll around the screen to get the 
whole picture. 

Well, now you can view your surf- 
ing puppy in all her glory using 
Commodore's A2410 hi-res graphics 
card, which was finally officially 
released in the LIS Dn |une 24. The 
long-awaited card lor the Amiga 2000 
and 3000 was developed in conjunc- 
tion with the University of Lowell in 
Massachusetts. It provides 8-bit plane 
output (256 colours) ftom a palette of 
, 16 million colours. 

Supporting resolutions up to 1024 
x 1024 pixels, the A2410 has one 
megabyte of dedicated video memory 
and a Tl 34010 graphics processor for 
speedy graphics updates. Designed 
primarily for the A3000UX UNIX sys- 
tem, the card supports X Windows 
and Open Look applications. It's not 
supported by Workbench applications 
yet, but third party programs such as 
Art Department Professional are 
expected to support it soon. 



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With the home video 
explosion of recent 
years the portable video cam- 
era has become a near essen- 
tial for everything from 
family weddings to the 
edited highlights of Uncle 
Albert's hernia operation. 

The second of the two sub- 
jects gives a graphic example 
of a common video enthusi- 
ast's problem, namely a des- 
perate lack of material. After 
all when you've seen one her- 
nia op you've seen them all. 

As usual, the Amiga has the 
answer - to both the prob- 
lem of idle, not to mention 
expensive, hardware and the 
tricky question of how to 
import imagery into your 
machine, 

It's true that scanners can't 
be touched for quality but if 
you've ever tried to get an 
instant close-up of Auntie 
Doreen's rear proportions 
with a scanner, you'll know 
all about the limitations of 
the average flatbed machine . 
Basically, if it's not flat it 
won't work, it's that simple. 

The spontaneity and flexi- 
bility of digitising is its real 
strength. 

All that's required is a key- 
press and it's captured, and 
with real-time digitisers snap- 
ping away at 50 frames a sec- 
ond, animation is merely a 
matter of memory. 



SuperPic 

As usual we'll start at the top, with the 
slate of the art in Amiga digitising. If 
pure picture quality is what you're after, 
JCL's duet of digitisers are very hard to 
treat both for cost and performance. 

SuperPic is the mare costly and pow- 
erful of the two, offering all of the abili- 
ties of its counterpart ColorPic plus the 
added attraction of a built-in genlock. 
The genlock itself is a simple exponent 
of the art when it comes to overlaying 
Amiga imagery on to video, but never- 
theless it does the job and can still be 
used separately if you want to explore 
other applications apart from digitising. 

Unlike many of its lesser rivals, both 
SuperPic and ColorPic are real-time 
digitisers and as a result can snap the 
incoming imagery from either the cam- 
era Of VCR at the same rate at which it 
is produced. To achieve this, every 50th 
of a second a new image is imported 
into its frame buffer, overwriting the 
last. As soon as the appropriate image 
appears it can be frozen in the buffer 
and imported into the machine. 

This ability to freeze means that pre- 
recorded footage can be imported very 
easily because there's no need to invest 
in expensive floating head video equip- 
ment - which is essential with other 
systems in order to freeze the image 
completely prior to importation. If, for 





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An initanl grit Itianks to dapereiki Mam * mode 

example, you tried to grab moving 
imagery on a system without a Frozen 
frame buffer, the pause between the 
importation of the RGB elements would 
invariably cause blurring, 

Because this Freezing process occurs 
externally the Amiga is left free to mon- 
itor the action for more potential 
imports. At the moment up to four 
images can be stored within the buffer 
and then imported into the Amiga, 

This potential for multiple storage is 
soon to be exploited to the full with the 
release of |CL's new Animate upgrade, 
whfch is almost ready for release and 




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What scanllne was meant for, Importing Hill 
lire a! ii/j bcsl 

will be covered in glorious colour in a 
forthcoming issue of the mag. 

The Animate hardware and software 
is essentially a memory and editing 
expansion which will make the (CL 
range the onry full colour real-time ani- 
mation package on the market. 
Animation is nothing new to digitising, 
as Rombo's complete colour solution 
and Datel's new Video Digitiser II are 
well blessed in the art but are neverthe- 
less still tied strictly to monochrome. 

Although S-uperPk is prtmarily dedi- 
cated to colour, it's still quite at home 
with monochrome and will import 
either colour or black and white in a 
variety of formats. Hi -res, lo-res 16 
colour, right up to to the dizzy heights 
of Ham+, all with optional Interlace 
which does invoke the necessity for a 
static image. 

The flexibility and ease of interaction 
gives the jCL option its real strength. 
For example, to import an image you 
simply select the resolution and hit Z to 
freeze, and if you're happy then hit I to 
import. 

The grab is made instantly, with the 
only exception being the scanline 
Interlace option which gives the high- 
est possible quality but does require a 
totally static subject. 

Distributor: )CL fiusrVress Systems 

(0S92) 75791 

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Rombo's complete colour solution is a 
combination of two modules which com- 
bine their efforts to produce both 
monochrome animations and full colour, 
still-frame ham images. 

The first of the two modules is the 
original digitiser itself which will snapshot 
images instantly from an incoming 
source, whether that be VCR or camera. 
It does this by sampling each frame in 
succession until all of the available mem- 
ory is eaten up. Once it is full it cycles 
back to the first Frame and rewntes we - 
the original. 

Up to 16 frames can be stored on a 
one meg machine and once a sequence 
is recorded it can be either animated as a 
whole or alternatively individual frames 
can be selected, edited and saved as 
required. 

The constant loop does make captur- 
ing just the right moment much easier 
but it must be said that the image quality 



isn't quite as high as some of its oppo- 
nents. However, the animation option 
goes & long way towards makinn up for 
the occasional grainy picture. 

There's quite a good range of options 
and tools specifically for animation which 
help to edit your creations, as well as for 
recording and appending new ones. A 
particularly pleasant touch is the window 
option which aliows new frames to be 
imported into defined boxes within the 
screen, and because each frame is made 
up of a 1 6 grey scale image, there's no 
clash of palettes when extra frames 
added, even in Interlace. 

The system isn't entirety colourless, as 
it's possible to edit each of the 1 6 shades 
of colour that make up the image. This is 
done with a series of preset tinted 
palettes, or alternatively you can edit 
each shade manually to produce a realty 
nauseating display. 

After you've ruined a few frames you 



can animate the lot, sending epilepsy 

sufferers running for cover while hun- 
dreds of punters fresh from the 
hacienda nightclub start screaming 
"Aecod,..." and begin bopping around 
the room . 

Anyway, that's enough about 
monochrome, it's time to add a little 
colour, and to do it fiombo have pro- 
duced vldi RGB which comes as a very 
welcome replacement for their original 
and totally silly colour wheel. 

In the bad old days composing a 
colour Ham with Rombo hardware 
meant three exposures, each of which 
required a separate colour filter to be 
held in front of the lens. 

In effect, nothing has changed as the 
three exposures are still required but 
now they're done by the hardware over 
a period of approximately a second. 

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subject must be static or things soon 
become very fuzzy indeed. 

Because of the prolonged exposure, 
Vidi RGB is quite limited in its grabbing 
abilities. Basically, If the image isn't 
completely rack solid the image Will be 
blurred. 

To achieve reasonable quality you 
need either an expensive floating head 
VCft or a tripod-mounted camera pro- 
viding a live video source. 

For obvious reasons the subject must 
be static and willing to slay that way lor 
a while, but once imported the results 
can be impressive. 

Like its predecessor, Vidi RGB is 
blessed with various options and con- 
trols, from individual importation, dis- 
play and save foe either red, green, and 
blue, right through to full colour ham 
grabs complete with interface. 

Given a steady, high quality rostrum 
or tripod-mounted camera Vidi RGB's 
results can be impressive, but rf conve- 
nience is what you're after it's probably 
not the best bet. 

This is due in part to its static require- 
ments but there's also a good deal of 
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Rombo's masterpieces the good, the bad, and the ugly, but which it wtiirh? 



Video Digitizer 2 

equipment any Amiga user could plug 



Video Digitizer 2 (VD2) is an attempt 

by Datel to provide a video peripheral 
which will digitize in real-time from a 
moving video source and is capable of 
producing digitized animations from 
same. For less than £90 they have done 
their best to cram into a small plastic 
bo* the sort of video facilities many 
Amiga owners usually only dream ol, 
and in the main they have succeeded. 

VD2, of course, is by no means 
pitched at the high-end market where 
units like JCL SuperPic reside. Instead, it 
has been built to sacrifice colour and 
picture quality for economy and ease of 
use. To this extent. there have been 
trade-offs which mean that 
VD2's pictures art of a 
lower quality.. 

When compared to 
equipment such as 
Vidi-Amiga -and 
Digi-View, how- 
ever, both of which 
are in a higher price 
bracket, the Date) 
unit begins to shine, 
VD2 has no colour *» 
option, but when its 1 6 
grey scale monochrome 
images are compared to those 
from the more expensive units, there is 
virtually nothing to choose between 
them. 

VD2 has been designed as a piece of 



in and use from Scratch. Connecting it 
to your Amiga is a simple matter of slot- 
ting it into the expansion bus on the 
left- hand side of an A50C, or the video 
slot in the A20O0. Contrast and bright- 
ness knobs on the back of the unit form 
its only hardware controls, the rest 
being accomplished with the VD2 soft- 
ware. 

The software is hugely frhendly and I 
found it easy to digitise an entire series 
of decent images without resorting to 
the manual. The main control panel has 
a bank erf icons on the right-hand side 
of the screen and a 256 by 256 
pixel digitising area. 

With an external 
video source con- 
nected to the 
, video in phono 
socket on the 
rear of the 
I unit, all the 
'user need do 
r to bring the 
video source 
'onscreen is click 
on the video camera 
'icon at the top of the 
panel to begin continuous 
monitonng. VD2 will update the display 
at the rate set by the slider at the bot- 
tom of the panel, but in reality it is only 
capable of digitising and refreshing the 




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screen display at two or three frames 
per second. 

If you want to construct an anima- 
tion from your favourite movie, there- 
fore, you'll either need to do several 
passes over the piece of film you need, 
then stitch the frames together in the 
frame editor, or use an expensive VCR 
with a single frame or perfect pause 
feature. 

The frame editor is VD2's most use- 
ful feature. It is here that the user has 
the option to advance through his or 
her digitized sequence one frame at a 
time, cutting, pasting and copying 
frames as required, inserting them into 
a sequence, and generally constructing 
the video animation. 

there are options to copy lo and 
from buffers, loop an animation, take 
snapshots of single frames, and record 



or cut from a definable 
range of frames. There 
is even a time-lapse 
option so that with a 
machine with more 
memory you can take 
time-lapse frames over 
a period of 24 hours, 
thus giving one the 
option to watch a 
flower bloom or record 
the amount of traffic at 
a road junction at dif- 
ferent times of the day. 
Those wishing to 
action squeeie the biggest 

animation possible on a disk, can 
squeeze a sequence into a quarter 
frame for re-display on floppy-based 
half meg systems. 

Distributor; Dale! Eteclrania 
Ptke: £89,95 



Conclusion 

If you want to dabble in video or want 
a cheap time-lapse video monitor, VD2 
is an excellent choice. It is affordable 
and packed with enough options to 
make it a realty useful low-end digitizer 
and video animation construction kit. 
Not one for the video professionals, 
and of little use with serious video 
applications, VD2 is still one of the 
most fun pieces of equipment we've 
had in the office in a long time. 







Taking the tablets 



Computer art has long been an 
acquired taste, not to mention talent, 
thanks to the restrictions of the 
mouse, Ai a result the average free- 
hand artist would rather burn his 
brushes than wrestle with a rodent. 

To combat the inadequacies of our 
forless friend an alternative Is desper- 
ately required - enter the graphics 
tablet- This marvellous device is usu 
ally a customised Import from the cor- 
porate world of Apple Macs and the 
ever present PC Fortunately, most 
PCs are happy with a standard RS232, 
and as a result conversion to the 
Amiga is a reasonably simple matter. 

However, before any tablet can be 
adopted by the Amiga a suitable 
driver must be written to convert the 
output from the tablet into a readable 
format for the Amiga. Once the driver 
ii installed, either the puck, which 
strongly resembles a rodent with a 
cross hair, or the more familiar stylus 
can take the place of the rodent with 
all manner of Amiga software. 

Both tablets featured are the latest 
players in the field of Amiga art, 
which until now has made graphics 
tablets mainly the preserve of profes 
sional artists and CAD enthusiasts, 
thanks primarily to the high price 
attached tD early Amiga versions, 

Aficionados of Amiga art may recol- 
lett the existence of a third tablet, 
namely the Podscat, which admittedly 
is an older model but which still 
would have been included in the 
round up if HB Marketing had sup- 
plied one. 

They didn't bother for reasons best 
known lo themselves so well have to 
struggle on with the new stuff. It"* a 
cruel world,,, 

Before you can exercise your artis- 
tic flare there's usually a short trip to 
Preferences where the various bits 
and baud rates are set so the tablet 
can communicate with your serial 
port. If you're not a eamms fan, fid- 
dling with such things may seem a lit 
tie painful but In fact It's simplicity 
itself and once set it can be saved for 
posterity and never need be fiddled 
with again. 



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be the cure? We investigate imagery 
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The Genitizer ii the latest offering from 
Dale! and Is bound to fill a gaping hole 
in the artistic market, being both easy 
to use, of very high quality, and more 
importantly, cheap. 

The tablet itself is a straight conver- 
sion from a popular PC range which 
has long dominated the market on that 
particular machine. Datel, not being a 
company to miss an obvious opportu- 
nity, wrote their own software and 
unleashed the latest and cheapest 
tablet on the market. 

What's in the box 

After the postman's knock you'll he the 

proud owner of a brand new 9 K 6in 
Labkt, a template depicting the Dpaint 

screen plus all the relevant connections 
and, of course, the essential power sup- 
ply and stylus. The puck option isn't 
available at present but will be stocked 
given sufficient demand. 

The design of Ihe unit has been very 
well thought out, being ideal for laptop 



operation and includes little extras such 
as stylus holders and a useful flap which 
allows any paper-based art or design 
can be slipped under the plastic and 
traced with ease. 

Once connected to the serial and 
power it's a simple matter of clicking 
on an icon to install the driver and 

you're off- 

Although Dpaint is the only tem- 
plate available you'll find the tablet 
works with all man- 
ner of software and 
to be honest, once 
you're comfortable 
with the rather 
strange sensation ol 
using a pen without 
watching it, the 
template soon 
becomes redundant. 
Of course if you 
were particularly 
keen you could 
always make your 

own templates with Daldigenitljercosl 



the aid of the Cablet and then print it 

out. 

At first I must admit I found the feel 
of both the Numonics and the 
Cenilijer rather strange in comparison 
to the feedback horn a pen or pencil, 
As you might imagine, plastic on plas- 
tic can't replace the friction and inter- 
action of a pen but this isn't to say 
there isn't any sensation, but it's cer- 
tainly different and a good deal less 
subtle than the average HB pencil. 

Once I came to terms with the sen- 
sation drawing was easy, and like the 
mouse, a double button system means 
that using software Is very reminiscent 
of the mouse because identical clicking 
combinations are used. Because the 
buttons are in parallel rather than side 
by side, certain dual button operations 
can be a little tricky at First but they are 
still a good deal less complex than the 
Numonics' single button format. 

Perhaps almost as important as the 
feel of the tablet is its accuracy. The 
Datel boasts an accuracy to the nearest 
hundredth of an inch and a resolution 
of up to 1,000 lines, so there shouldn't 
me any problems m that department. 

Speed is another prime necessity 
and again the Datel tablet does well, 
generally managing to keep pace with 
even the fastest strokes of the stylus. 
The only problem i found was the odd 
glitch when swapping between for- 
mats. Bench testing a tablet isn't the 
easiest thing to quantify which is why 
we went for the plain and simple sig- 
nature test. Each of the contestants 
signed their name at normal speed so 
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OK, if bigger is indeed better, then 
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shape to take the prize of top tablet. 
However, my short and incredibly 
Scottish counterpart Stevie Kennedy 
insists that that's a load of cobblers" 
and anyone who says different had 
belter have some sewing lessonsl 
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with our Celtic hero as the Numonics 
is indeed bigger but not, I must 
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offer. 

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available, and to be fair it does make 



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The only minor drawback to the 
wide open spaces is the rather dis- 
proportionate movement to image 
ratio which creates onscreen imagery 
actually smaller than the movement 
of pen or plitfc would imply but 
again, this is purely a matter of taste 
and practice, Setting up the Graphics 
master initially follows the same pro- 



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adjusting preferences but after the 
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plete, its over to the tablet and its 
very own Firmware eon figuration 

system. 

The word Firmware refers to the 
built in comms software which can 
be preprogrammed, stored, and 
recalled from e proms as required. 
Up to four Individual tablet config- 
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tablet and recalled via the overlay- 
Programming the tablet is a sim- 
ple matter of punching in a variety 
of options offered via a control 
template. By simply following the 
overlay and the rather murky 
Amiga orientated Instruction* you'll 
have the tablet up and running. 

Although the configuration of 
the tablet is limited on the Amiga, 
the varied Configuration option 
does lend itself to multl format use. 
If, for example, you have the appro 
priate driver, the tablet could be 
easily programmed to work with a 
number of machines of various 

design- 
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predefined Firmware configuration 
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accuracy 

The multi -format option has to be a 
selling point and such flexibility 
doesn't come as a surprise after a 
brief glance at the manual. It's bla- 
tantly PC and the Amiga is obvi- 
ously no more than an afterthought 
_ Its section of the manual consists 
of a series of photocopied pages 
slipped in among the countless ref- 
erences to Macs and the 
omnipresent F-C. After all the 
firmware is finished, the final bit of 



tinkering is to calibrate the tablet. 
This is a simple matter of clicking 
on the outer edges of the active 
area to give both the tablet and the 
Amiga an idea ol what they're deal- 
ing with, 

This process has to be done 
directly after driver installation, 
achieved thanks to a fine tuning 
utility which gives access to aiterna- 
tive tablet configurations and vari 
ous fine tuning options, 

After calibration is complete you 
finally get to explore the possibili- 
ties offered by the tablet's accuracy 
of one hundredth of an inch, which 
matches the Date! Tablet offering 
punch for punch- 



A little touchy 

The feel of the Numonlcs is a little 
clumsy and it takes a fair amount of 
practice to master the single button 
stylus. A combination of button 
clicks and stylus pointer depres- 
sions are used to access the various 
mouse button combinations. 

Another rather annoying point is 
the tablets habit of lagging the 
onscreen image behind the stylus 

or puck. 

On occasion I found myself paus 
ing while the screen was updated, 
not an ideal situation when you're 

in full How. 

To be fair to the tablet, a 
spokesman for Numonics did sug- 
gest that these faults might have 
more to do with the age and condi- 
tion of their review model, rather 
than a design flaw within the tablet 

itself. 

Unlike Datels Genitizer, the 
GraphkWiaster doesn't use tern 
plates or a transparent flap to trace 
but rather sticks strictly to the 
screen when interacting with the 
user. To be honest, with the possi- 
ble exception of tracing, it's not 
really a problem 
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The problem with hand scanners Is 
that after almost a decade of exis- 
tence, they have, on the Amiga at 
least, achieved something of the sta- 
tus of an industry standard from 
which the various models deviate In 
only minor ways. That s not to say 
they're all the same. It Just means they 
succeed to a relatively similar extent 
in doing what they set out to do. 

The only major differences at first 
apparent are in the software used to 
control and display the data gathered 
when the scanning head makes its 
pass over the subject. This is crucial to 
the appearance of the final image and 



Is therefore the main focus of this 
Amiga Computing round-up. 

From the punter's point of view, all 
three scanners have identical hard- 
ware. Regardless of any electronic dif- 
ferences on the inside, the three units 
all sport the following controls: a 
selector for 100, 200, 300, and 400 dpi 
scans; a wheel control for light-dark 
setting; and a switch offering three 
dot sizes and a setting for text scans. 

All scanners have a thumb^perated 
scanning button, necessitating their 
use with the right hand, unless you're 
left handed and have an unusually 
dexterous little finger. 




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Pandaal 
Scanner 

The Pandaal scanner is the latest Amiga 
hand scanner, and has the most user- 
friendly software. The Daatascan pro- 
gram opens to a very intuition-based 
interface which goes into overkill when 
offering the user a variety of menu and 
icon options, With a gadget strip on the 
extreme right, a settings panel, and an 
extensive selection of pull-downs, most 
settings and controls are doubled up on, 
and some are duplicated three times. 

fhe new user will find three ways to 
begin a scan. You can click on one of the 
scanner icons, select one of the three 
options Iran the scanner menu, or press 
fl to F3. 

The most useful feature of the soft- 
ware is the ease with which you can. 
scroll around the image just scanned. As 
these are often far greater than screen 
size, the familiar drag bar; on the image 
window are a real blessing. 

The clipboard option allows the user 
to cut or copy parts of the image to a 
smaller window which can be resized 
and moved around at will - as can the 
main image window - then pasted back 
into the main window. This is much 
more useful than the buffer approach 



The (Mel Scanner, despite having 

easily the most unfriendly software, 
is capable of producing some of the 
nicest images. 

HandyScan has been around for 
quite a while, and in its latest incar- 
nation it still looks a bit dated. 

Upon loading, the user can 
choose to open up in either Interlace 
or Workbench resolutions, but once 
the choice is made the display 
reverts to a black screen with a sin- 
gle menu strip, across the top. 

If ihf hc-ginner expects tons and 
gadgets, this program could easily 
baffle and confuse. In addition, the 
sue of the scanning area is set not in 
inches, but in pixels and pages, 
Although this makes cropping easier 
to judge, it makes relating the screen 
page to the target photograph a lot 
more difficult, 

A buffer approach is used so that 
images can be stored away in mem- 
ory while a new image is being 
scanned. 

While not as user-friendly as 
Pandaal's clipboard feature, it has 
the advantage of being able lo swap 



images quickly to and from the 
buffer, thus enabling the user to 
experiment with the scanned image 
while a copy resides safely in the 
buffer. 

Probably the Datel's best feature 
is its ability to open up in interface 
mode. 

The scans achieved while in 
Interface are considerably better 
than those taken in standard 
medium resoiution and are ideal far 
DTP work, most of which is also 
done in Interlace, 
Distributor; Date! Electronics 
(0782) 744707 
Software: riandyScan i 
Price; £129.99 








taken by some other scanning software. 
My main gripe with the Pandaal is 
that its scans are often very dark. The 
contrast and brightness of an image, can 

be retouched in a paint package, but ifs 
still annoying. 

Distributor: Pandaal Marketing Ltd (02 14) 
BS5666 

Software: Ooatmcan Profeaionaf 
Price; £179.99 



Golden Image 
Scanner 

Touch-Up is probably the most flexible 
and powerful scanning software of the 
three reviewed, but it Falls between the 
Pandaal and the Datel for user-friendli- 
ness. The appearance of images scanned 
using the Golden Image scanner closely 
resemble that of the Datel images, 



although the scanner itself looks almost 
identical to the Pandaal. Once the 
images are in memory,, however, Touchy 
Up works very well, 

There are the usual cut and paste 
options to rearrange images onscreen. 
Anything cut isl 
saved as a clip I 
and is easier to I 
manipulatel 
than the buffer! 
approach taken 
by Datel. In 
addition, once' 
a clip has been defined by dragging the 
clip box around it, some quite sophisti- 
cated operations can be done such as 
Slant and Cleanup - to eliminate isolated 
pixels. The main image itself can be sub- 
jected to a barrage of paint effects, 
including pattern fills and airbrushing, 
and there are again a few surprisingly 
advanced features available, such as 
Splines and Sexier curves, lassos and 
complex brushes. 

As a monochrome paint package, 
Touch- Up would be a pretty decent 
stand-alone package, so as a scanning 
retoucher it is about as complex as you 
can get, In fact, just about the only criti- 
cisms I can level at it are that it is slow 
and, for simple scanning, a bit over- 
complex. 

When moving around a large scanned 
area, the user will have to wait for the 
screen to update, and some of the pro- 
gram's more involved operations will test 
your patience. If you can stand the wait, 
however - and the 1 70 page manual - 
Touch-Up is a worthy piece of software. 

Clislrjhution Golden Image 
(081)518 7373 
Software; Touch-Up 
Price; £149.99 



Sharp JX-100 Big brother: Sharp JX-300 



As mentioned earlier in the column, if quality is what 
you're after scanners provide the ultimate answer to 
the problem of importing still imagery. Perhaps the 
best exponent of the art is the Sharp's jX range. 

Our particular favourite is the junior member of 
the JX, range, namely the |X 100 which has long 
been an essential In the Amiga Computing office. 
Perhaps a testament to its ability is its frequent use 
in the mag, all without a single complaint from even 
our most discerning DTP readers. 

It's true there is a definite difference between a 
scan and what's known as "repro" but most people 
would need to look twice at smaller images to notice 
the difference, and in comparison with all but the 
most expensive Mac based flatbeds, the )X 1 00 is a 
reasonable compromise while the \\ 300 is indistin- 
guishable. 

To be honest, JX 100 scans can be spotted with a 

utile effort, but with colour imagery reaching 18-bit 

standard and a maximum resolution of 200dpi, it's 

amazing to find a unit with a "foot print" of 6.5 X 

j-oducing print quality images for only £695, 

■ iding software and VAT. 
.bulor Jfflco System (081} 109 Jill 
L&95 



If money is no object, or perhaps an M-size "foot 
print" is essential, the |X 300 might well be more 
to your taste, boasting not only an increased scan 
size but also an impressive 300dpi and the ulti- 
mate quality of 24-bit colour. 

Power of this magnitude rivals the majority ot 
hardware in the world - of either the Mac or PC - 
and would happily meet the required standard of 
most publications. 

Unfortunately there's a price to be paid for such 
muscle and because the scanner is primarily aimed 
at the serious Mac market, its price tag reflects the 
inflated cost associated with that particular 
machine. 

Goth scanners come with custom-built software 
that's very reminiscent of ADpro, ASDG's image 
processing classic. 

The combination of the excellent hardware and 
the stylish, flexible and user friendly sottwaie make 
the Sharp range the only option for serious DTP 
fans who need to capture still images with Style. 

Anyone armed with ■either of the Sharp 
machines plus ADpro and some quality DTP soft- 




ware would be well on their way to becoming the 

next Wapping Liar, after ali, you never can tell, 

church circular one week, the newsstand the next, 

who knows,.. 

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For those of you who haven't yet 
seen it, the animation on this 
month's coverdisk is of the 
Amiga Computing logo flying around a 
ball. Have a look, words don't do it jus- 
tke. Before we begin this tutorial, make 
sure you're sitting comfortably - you 
could get hooked! 

As with most ID modelling and ani- 
mation programs there are three steps 
to follow Co produce your animation. 
The first is to model the objects 
required and light them; the second is 
to animate and, if possible, preview the 
animation to check it; and the third is 
to render up each frame of the anima- 
tion. 

To begin, load the Real 3D demo 
program and you will see the editor 
screen with the famifiar tri-view display 
which shows three views of the 3D uni- 
verse, in Real 3D's case there is the 
front view in the top left quarter of the 
screen, the side view in the top right 
quarter, and at the bottom left you 
have the top view. 

In the remaining quarter of the edi- 
tor screen are the selection window and 
a set of gadgets which give access to 
Real ID's object creation and manipula- 
tion tools. Finally, in the menu bar you 
will see a set of co-ordinates which 
show the current position of the pointer 
in 3D space. 



Make it up 



So the first thing to do is to create the 
bumpy ball. Select either Sphere from 
the Primitives sub-menu which is on the 
Creation menu - referred to as 

Creation/Primitives/Sphere from here 
on - or click on the Create Sphere gad- 
get, which is the one second from the 
left in the second raw. Vou should see 
the words Creating Sphere in the menu 
bar. 

Move the mouse pointer to co-ordi- 
nate position in any of the three 
views and click the left mouse button to 
fix the centre of the sphere. Vou will 
then find that moving the mouse 
enables you to reduce or enlarge the 
sphere. 

Move the mouse pointer so that the 
radius figure in the menu bar reads SO, 
and then click the left mouse button to 
finish creating the sphere. At this point 
you should see a circle in each of the 
three viewing areas. 

By the way, if at any point you want 
to cancel an operation while using Real 
3D, you can do so by clicking the right 
mouse button. 

The sphere you have just created is 
now listed in the selection window as 
spherel . Vou could keep this name, but 
it can get quite confusing when you are 
creating a complex scene and you have 
lots of them. 

The best practice is to give all your 
objects relevant names. To rename this 
sphere, first select it by clicking on its 
name in the selection window and then 
select Hierarchy/Modity/Rename from 




the menus. You can then enter a new 
name - we used BumpBall. 

When you create an object it is ini- 
tially made from the default material. 
We want our BumpBall to be bumpy. 
Creating a bumpy material is very easy 
using Real JD's extensive mapping 
facilities. 

Select Projects/Material/Create from 



the menus, and you will be presented 
with the myriad of options in the mate- 
rial creation requester. The first step is 
to name your material by replacing the 
word matO at the top of the requester, 
ours is called Bumpy. Then change the 
Specularity value to 40 and the 
Specularity Brightness to 1 S to give 
nice tight highlights on the ball. Now 




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we need to give it the bumpy texture, 

which is achieved by loading a bump 
map. Ckk on the Picture button and a 
file requester will appear with which 
you can select an IFF graphic for the 
bump map. The IFF file we require for 
OUT Bumpy material is called Irregular, 
so click on it and then on OK. 

if you want to have a quick look at 
the bump map, click on the Show but- 
ton, What you will see is a small speck- 
led red area. The intensity of the red in. y 
a bump map tells Real 3D how high to 
make the bump at any particular point 
on the material. 

Wrapping bumps 

In order to wrap the bump map around 
the ball you must select the Ball map- 
ping type by clicking on the box where 
it says NO PAINTING until it reads 
BALL The Ball mapping projection will 
map the bump map around the 
sphere's entire surface. 

Next, we must tell Real 3D that we 
are using a bump map. To do this click 
on the MAPTVPE button which brings 
up a new set of options. You will see 
that the COLOR button is on, This 
shows that at present we are set up for 
colour mapping. 

Colour mapping just takes the 
selected IFF graphic and wraps it on to 
the surface. We don't want to use colour 
mapping so click it off, and click BUMP 
on instead. Also, to get just the right 
effect change the Bump Height to 1 5, 

So, we now have our Bumpy mate- 
rial which needs to be put on the 



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BumpBall, Select the BumpBall object 
from the list in the selection window - 
it shouldn't be hard to find because it's 
the only object which is in the list at 
the memenll Then you select 
Hierarchy/Modify/Material from the 
menus. This brings up a requester 
which shows the materials currently 
available: Default and Bumpy Pick 
Bumpy by clicking on it. 

The final thing that we need to do is 
give the BumpBall a colour, In the 
example animation we made it white. 
To do this, click on BumpBall in the 
selection window and then get 
Hierarchy/Modify/Color from the 
menus. Once you have done this Real 
3D asto you to select a colour from the 
Colors menu - we used white. 

The logo 

The BumpBall is now complete, so let's 
create the Amiga Computing logo. In 
fact, the Amiga Computing logo was 
created in a rather ingenious way. It 
was done by taking an IFF picture of 
the logo and clip mapping it on to a 
second hollow sphere just slightly larger 
than the BumpBall. 

Clip mapping removes any areas of 
the selected object not painted by the 
graphic, so we end up with just the 
areas of the sphere with the Amiga 
Computing logo on them. First, create 
another sphere centre and radius 
68 - don't forget to rename it, we 
called it Gkjbal. 

Then create a new material. We 
called ours LogoClipMap. Set the 
LogoClipMap material for the fol low- 
ing: Brilliancy S, Transparency 1 0Q r 
Speed of Light 100, Turbidity 0, 
Specularity 80, Specularity Brightness 
20. Also, select PARALLEL mapping and 
NO 0-COLOR Click on PICTURE and 
load the AmigaComputtng.logo file. 
then go to the MAPTYPE options and 
select COtQR and CLIP- 

Now we have our finished material, 
let's put it on Ciobal. Select Global 
from the selection window and go to 
Hierarchy/Modify/Material. From the 
materials list pick LogoClipMap, and 
there you have it - or do you? 

In this case there is one more step 
required to complete mapping the 
material - a parallel mapped material 
also requires painting. Parallel mapping 
will map The selected graphic once on 
to the object selected but painting is 
required to tell Real 30 exactly where 
to put the graphic on the object. 

In this case we want to put the \ogo 
horizontally across the middle of 
Global To do this, first select Global in 
the selection window and then get 
Hierarchy /Modify /fainting. When you 
use Painting you are drawing a line on 
the object to show where the top edge 
of the graphic is to appear. 

To start the line dick the left mouse 
button once in co-ordinate position -42 
1 A and to finish it click at co-ordinate 
position 42 1 4 0, Our scene is pretty 



much finished now, all that remains is 
to light it, animate It and get the com- 
puter to render it. 

Let's light it first. We are going to 
put in two lights to make the scene 
look interesting. The first light is a white 
light right in front of the scene, the sec- 
ond is red and straight above. Zoom 
out a little first to give some space to 
put the lights in. You can do this by 
pressing the minus sign key twice. 

To create the first light click in the 
top view - that's the bottom left, quar- 
ter of the screen - then go to 
Creation/Lamp, Click at co-ordinate 
position -7 -27 360 to place the light 
just slightly off-centre in front of the 
scene. Then create another Lamp and 
place it at position S00 0, which is 
directly above. 

We want to make the second light 
red, so select Hierarchy/ Modify/Color 
and then pick red from the Colors 
menu, Did you forget to give the lights 
relevant names? Do it now. Ours are 
WhiteLigfil and RedLighl. 

The ball rolling 

Now it's time to animate. Real 3D has 
two ways of animating objects. You can 
either give an object an orbit or a nota- 
tion. When you give an object an orbit, 
you draw a path and tell Real 3D how 
many frames it takes to follow the path. 
A rotation is similar - you tell Real 3D at 
how big an angle to rotate and in how 
many frames. By combining these two 
you can produce any movement 

In this animation we'll use a rotation 
to fly the log around the ball. To do 
this, click on Global in the selection 
window. Then select Project/ 
Animation/Rotation. Real 3D then asks 
for the centre of the rotation - click on 
co-ordinate position in the top 
view and a requester will appear. 

In this requester enter a rotation of 
360 degrees from frame to frame 59. 
To finish the rotation click on OK and 
that's it - how much more simple could 
it be? 

To preview the animation we must 
move from the editor screen to the 
wireframe screen, Select Modes/ 
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screen which has a wireframe represen- 
tation of the scene and a control panel. 
One of the things you can do very 

easily with the wireframe screen is set 
the viewing position, In the control 
panel you will find a slider labelled 
Distance. If you move it to the left the 
view will zoom in, if you move it to the 
right it zooms out. 

For our animation we settled on a 
distance of 400. Set the slider to 400 
and click on the record button to set 
this position. To preview the animation 
click on the Play button and you should 
see the outer sphere rotating around 
the central sphere. To stop the preview 
click on the Play button again. 

Almost finished 

If you don't fancy setting all this up or 
you can't quite get it right, you'll be 
pleased to know that the finished scene 
file is on the coverdisk, To load it go to 
Project /Animation /Load and select 
Tutor from the file requester, Real 3D 
will then load the completed animation 
file 

The final stage of the process is to 
render the frames. That is, to get Real 
3D to ray trace the scene and get a 
wonderfully realistic picture, This pro- 
cess is initiated using the solid screen. 
To get to the solid screen, either click 
on the solid button in the wireframe 
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option in the editor screen. In this 
demo version of the program you will 
find that all the save options are dis- 
abled, so unfortunately you won't be 
able to save your pictures or the scene. 
Don't forget that you can still see the 
completely rendered animation, as it is 
on the coverdisk. 

As an example let's render the first 
frame of the animation. When you 
enter you will see Real 3P's complete 
rendering controls. Select the options 
that we used to render the animation, 
and under Mode, select Normal, The 
Normal mode is Real 3D's complete ray 
tracing option, 

Although it takes longest to render, 
the results are usually the best as Real 
3D uses all the lighting and texture 
information in the scene to produce 
shadows and reflections. In some cases 
Normal isn't the best mode to use, but 
you will find that yourself if you experi- 
ment. 

Single option 

Under Options select Single and 
Autolight The Single option allows you 
to render a single frame In the anima- 
tion sequence, and the Autolight 
option is equivalent to setting auto- 
expos ure on a camera. The Autolight 
option stops you getting bum out, as 
Real 3D automatically adjusts the inten- 
sity of the lights. 

On the right-hand side of the screen 
make sure that the Frame is set to 0, 
because we want to render the first 
frame in the sequence. 

Also make sure that Baselight is set 
to Red 0, Green and Blue 0. Click on 
Background and then set Red 0, Green 
6 and Blue 15. This gives us a nice blue 
background. Finally, check that the 
width is set to 320 and the height to 
256. 

With all this set up you can now dick 
on Render to set Real 3D on its way. 
This frame should only take about half 
an hour to render! 

There we have it - that's how easy 
Real 3D is to use. We have not covered 
everything, but the key to success with 
this program is to experiment. Let your 
imagination run free... 





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bines them all in a strategy game guar- 
anteed to keep you tied to your mouse 
and gritting your teeth for a very long 
time. 

PowerWars is played on a surface 
similar to the standard chess board in 
that it is divided into squares and 
moves are made aver it in horizontal 
and vertical jumps. The pieces them- 
selves are spaceships ranging from 
Fighters to the Powersource, which acts 
as the King. The similarity, however, 
ends there. There's a lot more to this 
game than meets the eyel 

Each square has a coloured border 
which affects its usefulness tD either 
side. IF you are player one, the white 
and yellow squares add bonuses to 
your ships' attack and defence ratings, 
while the red and black squares aid 
player two, The orange squares are 
neutral. 

It follows that one of the most 
important aspects of gameplay is to 



manoeuvre into a tactically superior 
position, as even a weak ship will be 
able to withstand attacks from strong 
enemy ships if on a 42 square. 

The board doesn't have to stay as 
originally generated. Each player has 
Repair Ships which, when moved onto 
a square, change its colour one step in 
favour of the player concerned, For 
example, if player one's repair ship 
moved onto a neutral orange square it 
would change to yellow, thus offering 
his ships a +1 bonus 

Cat and mouse 

With the clever use of Repair Ships and 
some astute tactical play, PowerWars 
can rapidly develop into a game of cat 
and mouse as one player attempts to 
lure another into a position from which 
to attack - with the odds stacked in 
their favour. When this happens, you 
know you're hookedf 

The ships come in six flavours, each 
with its own unique strengths and 
weaknesses. When you pass the cursor 
over a ship, Its type and ratings flash 




into a space above the board in the top 
right-hand corner of the screen, giving 
the player the chance to check their 
chances before engaging in combat 

The three ratings, in order, are force, 
shield, and movement, each of which is 
pretty self-explanatory. In combat, 
which is initiated by moving one of 
your ships into an enemy-occupied 



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In an attempt to make the govercfcfc 

as friendly as possible, we have, over 
the past six months or so, been mak- 
ing a few changes. You may have 
noticed, for instance, that all pro- 
grams now come with full documen- 
tation on disk so that you needn't 
have the magazine handy before you 
can use them. 

in an attempt to make the disk 
slightly more visually appealing we 
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to the Workbench interface because 
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to the average user. 

As an experiment we toyed with 
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menu-dnven Front end for the 
coverdisk, or of using one ol the 
many PD menu systems available, but 
we constantly returned to the 
Workbench environment because it is 
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coverdisk, We hope our coverdisk 
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How MyMenu works 



To use the additional menus simply click in the main screen area to make sure 
it is activated then hold down the right mouse button as you would when 
accessing any nomnaf Workbench menu. The extra menus - namely Games, 
Utilities, and Docs - should now be visible and you should be able to select 
the program of your choice by highlighting it and releasing the mouse but- 
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square, the aggressor's attack rating is 
measured against the defender's shield, 
then any bonuses gained from the 
colour of the square are taken into 
account. 

A comparison of the two is made, 
and if one is better than the other, the 
ship with the lower ratings is destroyed. 
If the result is a draw, either hoth ships 
are destroyed, or both are left where 
they started. 

Sacrifice to win 

You might think that a player one 
Powersource on a white square would 
be invincible, as it has the best possible 
bonuses, but there is a cunning trick 
which will dislodge an entrenched 
enemy. 

If you attack another ship and lose, 
the defending ship moves onto the 
square from which the attack was 
mounted, This means that rf player two 
has a fighter in a black square, he or 
she can attack an enemy Powersource, 
deliberately sacrifice the Fighter, and 
draw the enemy piece onto the black 
square - at which point it becomes vul- 
nerable to an attack from, say, an Elite 
Fighter. 

Promotion 

In a similar manner to the promotion of 
pawns in chess, a player tan promote 
his or her ships by reaching the other 
side Of the board- Fighters will thus 




become Elite Fighters, and Guards will 
become Repair Ships. 

The latter is Especially useful if your 
lightly defended Repair Ships have been 
wiped out, It's very difficult to win a 
game of PowerWars if yoj have no 
Repair Ships, so a clever player will 
guard the originals and seek to pro- 
mote new ones as soon as possible. 



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PowerWars can be played using the 
default setup which appears whenever 
the game is loaded, but you can config- 
ure the game to your heart's content 
using the Setup option. Click on the 
Setup icon to the right of the playing 
surface, or press the J 5' key to start, 

Setup basically consists of the player 
selecting a colour from those available 



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Author: Deatl CraCkneil 
Kim is one of those tile board-games that took deceptively simple when you first 
load them in and rapidly become baffltngly difficult to win. 

It r 5 played on a board 15 by 15 squares in size, upon which the computer 
places a number of tiles. The simple object of the game is to remove all the tiles 
in a set number of moves - and this, needless to say, is not as easy as it looks, 

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Now you see it... 

To remove a set of tiles, click on the tile in the middle of a set of nine. Any that 
are present in the set are removed, and blank squares are filled with tiles. 

lYi complete ;t game ir, anything like tne correct numbrr ot moves, it is neces 
siry to think a few moves ahead, sometimes adding tiles in order to later remove 
them and their neighbours. 

Game options include a cheat function which will either suggest a move or fin- 
ish the entire game for you, and there are six difficulty levels to choose from. 
Most players should find a level at which they can progress if they fiddle around 
enough. 



to the right of the board, and clicking 
on the square he'd like to assume that 

value. Ships are chosen by scrolling 
through the list at the top right-hand 
corner of the screen and then on the 
square you want them to start in. 

Mease note how easy it is to set up a 
confrontation between two hopelessly 
mismatched forces, The Setup option is 



How to use The Disk 




First of ill, you must make a back-up copy 
of rJ« eowerduls. To dV this boot up with 
youf copy qA Wnxkbencti, tfien double click 
an ihe Workbench disk ken, followed by 
the ShelF or CU icon. Now type: 

DISKCOPY FHOM DF& TO DFO: 

or, if you have an extra disk drive, put a 
blank, formatted disk in DF1; and type: 

DISKCOPY FROM DFO; TO OF1: 

Fallow the onscreen prompts until the 
copying procedure has ended, then put 
your original disk away in a safe place. Now 
iwitrh off the machine arid wait lor 3D sec- 
onds before re-booting with the copy. Watt 
until Ihe CoverDiikt 7 Icon appears, double 
diet on it and away you go, 

that's oil ywu need do to make a 
straight copy at the entire disk. However, 
you may also want to to copy individual 



programs fnjm your copy Of the CQVertfisk 

to a separate disk. In this case ensure thai 
you fully understand which refated files 
need to go with it. 

For example, ail of the document Tiles 
on the disk require that the text editor 
PPmor* Is in the current dbk's C: directory. 
Therefore, if you copy the docs to a new 
desk you will also have to copy PPmore to 
the new C: directory before you can read 
them, 

Some of the smaller docs win ml have 
been crunched, sa far these you need onty 
change the tool types on the ken's info 
screen to reflect whichever text editor yau 
do have on die new disk. 

As a general rule, you should carefully 
read the documentation for any program 
you copy From disk to disk. 

Thii Ljn save a great deal o\ messing 
about and tan help you avoid all those 
infuriating mor messagesi 



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not provided for the sake of the 
cheaters among us, but for the player 
to choose the specific mix of forces he 
or she feels will best accomplish the 
tactical aims of the game. 

To thii end, refer to the points values 
of the ships and agree on a total points 
limit for each player's fleet, Once both 
players have chosen their ships, the 



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when selecting the colour of the 
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become imbalanced, Hyperspace 
squares should also be used sparingly as 
yau don't want your ships leaping ran- 
domly around the board at every move! 
Following is a list of the different 





Forte (attack) 


Shield 


Movement 


Value 


Repair Ship 


1 


1 


1 


4 


Fighter 


2 


1 


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attack and defence bonuses gained by 
moving on the various coloured 
squares. 

White +2 Player 1 

Yellow +1 Player! 

Orange NEUTRAL 

Red +1 Player! 
Black +2 PlayerZ 

The ships 

Below left its a table listing the different 
types of ships available in the game and 
their ratings for attack defence and 
movement. There is also a points value 
attached to each ship which may be 
used when calculating the outcome of 
a fight or when you want to use the 
Setup option to customise the way the 
game starts. 

Using the points values, two players 
can start with a set number of points 
available to their fortes, then choose 
the mix of ships he or she feels most 
comfortable with. If you play 
PowerWars from a defensive stance, 
therefore, you would choose more elite 
guards than Fighters, and so on, 
NB: You should never have more than 
one Powersource, 



DateDiary 

Author Edmund Pumbiit 



DateDiary is one of the utilities they snoo/d have included in 
Workbench but didn't, It is designed to keep track of your 
appointments and warn you when one comes up, The utility 
is split into two pans. 

DiaryCheck 

DiaryCheck is the routine which checks for your appoint- 
ments. When it is run, it checks your system dock for today's 
date - if you don't have a battery backed-up clock you'll have 
to set the clock before running the program. The program 
then compares this with a set of appointments held an disk 
in a special file- 
Called appointments.dd, the file must be located in a 
device called DD;, so it is essential that you use an ASSIGN 



ir^al 




statement to set this up as the directory in which the 
appointments file is held. There's no need to do this with the 
coverdisk, which has a line in its startup sequence to do just 
that, but if you intend to transfer DateDiary and DiaryCheck 
to your system disk you will have to bear it in mind. 

DiaryCheck, if run from your startup sequence, will alert 
you to any appointments when you boot up at the start of 
the day, and will do so in different ways depending on the 
urgency of the appointment. If an appointment is very 



urgent, you will be greeted with a guru-like red and black 
alert, guaranteed to make you sit up and take notice. 

DateDiary 

The main program is where the user adds appointments, 
edits existing dates, or kills those no longer needed. 
Inputting an appointment is very easy and should pose no 
problem for the average user, 

Simply enter the type of appointment, for example, an 
editorial meeting, its location (the pub), then set the lime 
fjunch) using the slide controllers for day, month, and year, 
and hit OK to save the appointment to disk, You tan make 
an appointment for any date up to New Year's Eve 2020, so 
there's no excuse for not planning ahead! 

Explaining priorities 

Below you will find a guide to the sort of alerts you tan 
expect if an appointment is pending. It is clear from the 
table,, for instance, that a priority nine appointment - the 
most urgent - will generate an alert as soon as the current 
date enters the same month as the appointment and it will 
continue to aiert the user as long as its priority is set this 
high. If you get sick of seeing the alert every time you boot 
up, you can always downgrade the priority number to 4 or 
below, 

Remember that DateDiary can only track up to 16 
appointments in memoiy at any one tame, so it you're a busy 
person you'll have to go easy on the long-term appoint- 
ments. 

Warning period Request priority Alert priority 

On day of appointment 5 

On week of appointment 1 IS 

During fortnight of appointment 2 ? 

Within i weeks of appointment 3 8 

During month of appointment 4 9 




If the volume of letters we receive from 
readers having a fight to the death with 
their printer is anything to go by, 
lorgen's program will find a warmly 
appreciative audience. The onry prob- 
lem is that the same audience might 
quickly become as baffled by the pro- 
gram as they were by the original 
printer problem. 

Printer Driver Generator (PrtDrvGen) 
is designed to allow the average user to 
create his or her own printer driver 
from scratch or to modify one of the 
existing drivers. As coverdisk utilities go, 
therefore, the program is n<.>L one of the 
simplest you'll ever come across. As it rs 
designed to do a Job you'd otherwise 
have to resort to machine code to com- 
plete, this shouldn't be too much of a 
problem. 

Fine control 

PrtDrvCen treats every printer driver as 
an Ascii file containing a series of data 
elements which make up the printer 
driver's profile. 
To create your own printer driver. 



Printing? 
No problem! 

vVe guarantee thai from this 
month onwards, every doc file 
on the coverdisk will output to 
the printer directly from the 
coverdisk as long as you boot 
from the disk itself. 

Using MuthMore PP as dis- 
tributed on the July disk, you 
can now press the following key 
combination to activate the 
printer: 

SHUT * ALT * ( 

Please note that the preferences 
set on the coverdisk will be For a 
printer in the parallel port tiling 
the generic printer driver. 

If you have a printer in the 
serial port or would like to use a 
custom driver you will either 
have to copy your own system - 
configuration file into the disk's 
DEVS: directory, or alter the 
preferences directly using the 
prefs program on your 
Workbench disk, There isn't 
enough space on the disk to 
include the preferences pro- 
gram, but as It is a standard fea- 
ture on every copy of 
Workbench and supplied with 
every Amiga sold, it should pre- 
sent no problem. 



PrtDrvCen 



click in the text window and type In the 
name of the driver you'd like to modify, 
then click on the "IS" button to start the 
decoding procedure. For our purposes, 
type in the name '"generic" a this 
driver is present in the coverdisk's 
DEVSiprinters/directQry . 

Once decoding is complete, the dis- 
play will change to a strip containing 



.Author.' forgen Thormtn 

the number of the data field currently 
being accessed along with a description 
of what this field does for the driver 
concerned 

As an example, we'll assume that 
instead of the standard paper size, 
you'd like to print on s page 1 1 ,5in 
long and 9. Sin wide. To modify the 
driver you will have to click on the 




Protect 

Author: Nfchotoi Dyson 




This program is only of interest to hard drive owners because it is just a shortcut 
for those wanting to make use of Workbench 1 ,3's Lock command for FFS parti- 
tions. Rather than open up a CLi, type in the Lock command complete with 
parameters, and all the rest of the gubhins, Protect allows you to click on a parti' 
tion's name to Lock it and protect its files from accidental deletion. 

As long as it's run from Workbench by clicking on its icon, Protect can cater 
for strange and unusual partition names through the use of its tool types. Using 
the Workbench info facility, pull up an info icreen on the icon, and if your DH1 : 
is called FRED:, simply add the tool type 1-FRED 

Once a drive or partition a protected, the program's gadget strip will change 
so that it reads "Uprated Fred:" and you can then reverse the protection at a 
dick, Hardly a revolutionary concept in hard drive tools but one which will 
hopefully encourage hard drive users to make use of a Workbench command 
that could eventually save them a great deal of anguish and woe. 




NEXT button until field 28 is showing,, 
so click in the box holding the number, 
type in 28 and press Return, 

Field 28 is the one holding the width 
for your custom paper setting, and as 
you want to set it for 9. 5 in, and the 
value is expressed in hundredths of an 
inch, it should be set to 9S0. 

Click on NEXT once more to bring 
up the custom paper length setting, 
and type in 11 SO to set If .Sin print 
area. 

If all you want to do is reset the print 
area, you can save the new driver 
right now and you 
will have created 



after with this program is almost end- 
less. 

By using PrtDrvCen you should have 
almost total control over the sort of 
printer driver you use, and as tong as 
your wocdprocesior is set up correctly 
and yaur printer manual contains 
enough details about the printer's char- 
acter sets, printing characteristics and 
so on, you should have few, if any, 
problems with your hand copy. 



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your very own cus 

torn printer driver. 

If you have a 
printer for which no 
specific driver exists, 
however, and you'd like 
to modify a driver 
designed for a more- 
or-less similar printer, 
PrtDrvCen really begins 
to show its usefulness 
The list of factors you can 



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Legular readers of the ultimate 
Amiga magazine may already 
be familiar with trie work of 
E W Swarm of Stamford, as his previous 
release, namely trie Amiga Tutorial 
video, has already had a mention in the 
February issue. 

This initial offering provided a guide 
to Workbench and to those general 
mysteries of the machine which every 
beginner encounters and must master 
before exploring the machine- 
No doubt thanks to the success of 
this previous release, good old E W has 
followed it up with 3-45 minutes' worth 
of Deluxe Paint III. 

This latest release follows roughly the 
same format as the first, The various 
elements are divided into numerous 
sub sections, each of which is detailed 
on the back of the cassette bos with a 
brief description and a reference num- 
ber for tape position. 

The video opens with a fairly impres- 
sive Dpaint animation which displays 
many of the program's greatest talents. 
After the intra the seemingly compul- 
sory disembodied voice explains that 
this particular sequence will be well 
within your grasp by the end of the 
video. To prove it, the final lesson 
explains how to create your own cus- 
tomised version complete with a spin- 
ning globe and stylish text which rises 
effortlessly above its own shimmering 
watery reflection, 

What's on offer 

At first S was a little sceptical about the 
video's chances of taking a complete 
beginner to such artistic heights in a 
single lessen but I must admit to being 
wrong. All the necessary tuition is there, 
if perhaps rather briefly on occasion. 
Nevertheless, with an odd rewind even 
the most complex areas of the program 
com* across quite well. 

Section one and two, as you might 
expect deal largely with the available 
tools and their controls. This incbdes a 
detailed tour of some Df the more curi- 
ous requesters which appear thanks to 
the right mouse button. 

As well as the essentials there's a 
brief guide on how to get the best from 
some of the more specialised tools such 
as symmetry, gridding and spacing. 

Sections three and four deal with 
text and font selection for both the nor- 
mal and coloured varieties. In addition, 
there's an excellent section which 
explains the intricacies of stencils and 
the superimposing of patterns. 

Five and six are where the serious 




Amiga Computing's 

very own critic, 

Paul Austin, takes 

a look at the latest 

artistic add-on 

for the Amiga 



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lessons really start - with a detailed 
description of perspective. This Is per- 
haps the favourite stumbling block for 
many D paint fans, but thanks to the 
tutorial and the first of three practical 
demonstrations all becomes clear, again 
with the odd rewind. 

Section six is devoted solely to ani- 
mation and describes all the necessary 
skills from the simplest colour cycling 
right through to the complexities of the 
move requester. This section is perhaps 
the most useful and impressive part of 
the video and does an excellent Job of 
explaining in simple terms what can be 
by far the most confusing part of the 
program. 

Again, practical examples are 
employed to illustrate the tricky bits 
and after a few minutes you'll be hap- 
pily painting away with anim brushes 
while skipping automatically through 
the pages. As mentioned earlier the 



« / was a little sceptical about the 
chances of taking a complete beginner 
to such artistic heights but I must 
admit to being wrong % 



final lesson describes how to create the 
intro animation but there's also the 
added bonus of a guide to animated 
logo design. 

OK, everyone's got a manual, or at 
(east should have, so why bother with a 
video? The simple answer is r that 10 
minutes of hands-on experience, even if 
the hands don't happen to he yours, 
can usually relay a lot more than the 
sometimes arduous task of ploughing 
through a manual. Anyway, considering 
that most of us are couch potatoes in 
the making, the prospect of being 
spoon fed rather than having to db the 
hard work ourselves is quite appealing, 

Piracy problems 

An obvious point is raised by the previ- 
ous paragraph and that's the question 
of piracy. Dpaint III is only one of many 
highly technical programs devised for 
the Amiga and as a result videos such 
as this could soon spring up for count- 
less high price, high power applica- 
tions. 

if that's to be the case, are the 
authors of such material effectively con- 
doning piracy? Up to 90 per cent of 
power applications rely on their com- 
plexity and associated manuais for their 
onry real copy protection. Will the video 



boom mean a drastic decrease in rev- 
enue for the developers and a subse- 
quent decline fqr the Amiga as a serious 
machine? We shall see,,. 

The package is a commercial offering 
aimed squarely at the artistic side of 
Amiga market and yet the quality of the 
video itself leaves a lot to be desired. 
Although the content is very difficult to 
fault, the flickering picture combmpd 
with the slightly amateur voice-cwer, 
complete with rustling paper and 
assorted squeaks and bumps, does take 
the edge off the presentation. 

And finally 

Apart from the dubious quality it's hard 
to find any real fault, and as far as con- 
tent goes it's quite Impressive. There 
are a few points which are a little tost in 
the rush but nevertheless, all the essen- 
tials are there and even an old dog like 
me learned a few new tricks. 

Deluxe Paint III Tutor 

is available from 

Audition Computer Services 

9* St Peters Street 

Stamford, lines P192PQ 

Tel 0780 55888 (Shop hours) 

Tel 0780 720531 (After hours) 

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LOTUS TURBO CHALLENGE II - Gremlin 

Following the phenomenal success of tfieir Lotus Turbo Esprit Challenge rjdme, the 
lads at Gremlin have announced the development of a follow-up in the shape of 
Lotus Turbo Challenge II. 

As you can probably guess from the name change, you're no longer restricted to 
the mighty Esprit Turbo. You can now also drive Lotus' award-winning concept car, 
the Elan. This rather squat little beast may took strange, but it can sure pack a punch. 
Its |d]>,jivv:-<lfii(iiH'd turbo engine allow:, it m ;i|> along M a breathtaking rale, 

If you have an Amkja-ownhg friend who also has the game, your two Amiga: tan 
be connected together via a null modem cable to allow head-to-head racing without 
having to squeeze yourselves around a single machine. 

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When the Geeks took over the 
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man, they happened upon the 
secret of time travel. 

Within a matter of months a 
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wreak havoc on. mankind. 

The evil Geeks sought to infil- 
trate five time zones through the 
history of the world - choosing 
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You are the last hope Of the 
human race, a genetically engi- 
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You must travel through each 
time zone, kicking the Geeks 
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Your mission was scheduled to 
start in late July, look out for 
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CHAMPIONSHIP 

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Anyone remember the track and field- 
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their latest release. Championship 
Athletics. 

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LEMMINGS, THE ARCADE GAME 
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Soon you'll be able to play Psygnosis' massive hit Lemmings in your down- 
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pany and leading arcade producer Data- East. 

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have- it eating large numbers of 10-pence coins eariy next year. Proving just 
how good the original was, Data-East claim the game will be atmost identical 
to the home computer versions, the only difference being that control will be 
via a Marble Madness-like trackerball, 

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Fans of the arcade smash Final Fight will be pleased to learn that the Amiga con- 
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original has been maintained, making Final Fight the game to watch over the 
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thought, yeah very nice 
but I want something a bit more hi- 
tech, Well now, courtesy of 
Mindscape, you have something 
totally new, and different enough to 
warrant you buying It even If you 
own Sim City. 



the harsh environment of the moon. 
Nasa have decided that the Earth is 
too crowded to Support itself any 
more, The human race needs to 
branch out if it is to survive and the 
moon is the ideal place to do it, 

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holiday, But before all this, some seri- 
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it hospitable, 

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property development bit and put up 
some buildings. Bear in mind that 
humans need minor things like aif, 
food, water, heat and power to sur 
vive up there. All these must be pro- 
vided as they haven't yet made an 
extension power cable long enough 
lo reach from Earth to the moon, 

All this isn't cheap and it's your job 
as station commander to balance the 
budget, and even try to turn a tidy 
profit before Nasa decide to cut your 
subsidy- You have 10 years in which 
to turn the moon from a hunk of rock 
into a self-sufficient business. 

Once you have started to suss 
things out up there you can begin to 
encourage people to go on holiday 
there. If your factories make any 
excess of goods you can always sell 
them back to Earth lo make some 
money to help balance the books ■ 

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Moonbase: crew, power and therm a I 
control. Most of the structures in the 
base will need these, and if it is not 
working property then this is where it 
is going wrong, 

If the Nasa subsidy proves lo be a 
little too tight - very likely - you will 
have to use your bonce to play the 
export game. You can build factories 
to produce LLOX or HE 3, providing 
the market is ready to provide the 
right price of course. You can also 
send out expeditions to search loca- 
tions on the Moon's surface for min- 
erals or water. If you find any then 
you can save money by using this 



water instead of buying it from 
Earth. 

In order to make all yntjr buildings 
and projects work you need, of 
course, enough people lo crew them. 
These crew members need room to 
sleep so you have to build, power 
and keep warm enough crew mod- 
ules for them to live in. After all, on 
the moon who wants to share iMng 
space with one of those nuclear reac- 
tor workers who glow In the dark 
and keep you awake? 

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landing pads and make them 

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of such a 
disaster. The 
crew will gel an 
eight-minute warning to 
take cover. Now, if you'd had 
trie sense to build a telescope then 



be minimised. 

The lunar landers that keep the 
moon supplied have also been known 
to Crash if there aren't enough land- 
ing pads for them. And everyone 
knows that relying on nuclear fusion 
plants for your energy is dangerous. 
If you have to use them, make sure 
you put them in the craters around 
the Moons surface for extra safety. 

The control method in Moonbase 
is very easy. Just use the mouse to 
point, click and use the menus and 
selectors, Anyone who has played 
Sim City will get into this method 
straight away as it Is practically Iden- 
tical to the one used in that classic 
game. 

for me, Moonbase kicks Sim Ctty 
and all its extra disks into touch once 
and for all. It has been a long time 
coming {just like Life and Death) but 
is definitely worth the wait. 

A lot of thought has obviously 
gone into Moonbase to make it so 




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damn playable. Hard drive owners 
will be glad to hear that it is fully 
installable so this will lessen the wait 
for the game to load - not that it 
takes very long anyway. 

There are so many different ele 
merits to running a successful moon 
colony that there isn't enough space 
to go into them all. Let's just say that 
Sim City experts will do alright up to 
a point but there is a lot more to it 
than that, 

The manual was a pleasant 
change, There is no way that you can 
just make a quick start to the game, 



The manual is a very entertaining 
read (I read it In bed). 

The first section is a little story 
that gives you loads of clues about 
how to play the game successfully 
and will even provide same essential 
advice. The rest of it is a comprehen- 
sive guide to all aspects of the con- 
trols and what everything does, 
However after this you are on your 
own to try and make it work out on 
the Moon's surface, 

I cannot urge you strongly enough 
to buy this game, It's ace. 

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that we hove here in the office. And about as 

math gets produced u/t litne ii< well! 



There Is a very haunting 
title tunc to Introduce 
the game. There ta no In- 
game music hut there are 
load i of sound effects 
throughout the game. 
There Is. even some excel- 
lent speech In there. All 
this adds to th« amazing 
atmosphere created by a 
great game. 



Gameptay 

What can I tay? Mora 
playable- than Sim City. 
This If on* of the most 
addictive games I have 
aver played, There Is |uit 
so much to It. Depth of 
gameplay Is (etnnri to 
none. One of the best 
releases of the year along 
with Eye of the Beholder. 
A classic. 



Graphics 

Obviously on a game like 
this you wouldn't expect 
the graphics to be of 
arcade standard. But 
that's not to say the 
graphics on Moonbase 
are naff. In fact, all the 
buildings on the surface 
are very detailed and the 
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US Marines are a tough 
bunch. In the Service of 
America's interests for nearly 
200 years they have been kicking butt 
all over the globe, from Asia to the 
Caribbean to the Gulf. All this scrap- 
ping has earned the "Leathernecks" a 
reputation for grim efficiency and a 
Fighting spirit second to none. It has 
also inspired a rather good strategy 
game from S5G. 

Taking its title from an important 
battle in the American- Mexican War, 
The Malls Of Montezuma recreates 
seven episodes from the Corp's past. 
Starting with that conflict, it encom- 
passes campaigns in WWI, WWII, Korea 
and Vietnam. 

You have the option of playing 
either the Marine commander, or, if 
you don't feel like fighting for mom, 
dad and appte pie, their adversary. A 
small booklet included with the game 
gives a potted history of each, and 
there Is a useful colour poster with sim- 
ple maps of the battlefield. 

In chronological order then, the first 
scenario Is the assault on Mexico City, 
You take on the role of either the fanci- 
fully named Major General Winfield 
Scott - the Marine's leader, or the even 
more fanciful Santa Anna - the Mexican 
head honcho. 

Santa may have been his real name, 
but he certainly wasn't the sort to dress 
up In a silly white beard and give out 
presents to kids in department stores. 
No, this guy planned to give the 
Americans a good hiding when they 
came knocking at the dtp gates- 
Entering rather late into the First 
World War, the Marines still played 
their part in it- Never was this more the 
case than at Eel lea u Woods, another 
scenario, where they lost a large per- 
centage of their strength due to some 
cunningly placed spanictaus. 

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pressed forward, taking the woods, sav- 



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moit other wargimei, 
functional rather than 
pretty and of m good 
standard, Colour i* well 
uttd and depicts the 
ternary and features 
clearly. 

[ Gameplay 

Absorbing and fairly easy 
to get Into, the game 
would suit thoie new to 
warranting, The scenarios 
are interesting enough to 
hold attention, and are 
made better by the 
option of tweaking the 
variable* like troop num- 
bers and morale. 

On the whole, one of 
the better wirgamts on 
the market today. 



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ing Paris from the squareheads and halt- 
ing the German's last desperate fling for 
victory. Gasp!! I guess this made up for 
them being a few years late! 

Perhaps the most memorable of all 
the Marine's actions were in the next 
World War - the storming of Iwo |ima 
and Okinawa. Here they faced their 
most vicious opponents yet, fanatical 
Japanese dug in so deeply they tould 
only be dislodged with constant bom- 



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throwers [the Marines may have been 
tough, but they weren't barbaric!). Can 
you take Turkey Knob - a |a panes? 
stronghold - before Elemard Matthews 
turns it into a stud farm? 

The last three scenarios deal with 
Pusan and Inchon in Korea and Hue in 
Vietnam, commie-bashing exercises 
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Sound too, duct n't really 
play a large part In the 
proceeding! being a col- 
lection of short bang 'it' 
crash sample*. The patrl 

otk flag-waving muiic on 
the loading screen 
though, would bring a 
tump to the throat of any 
Cod-fearlfig American, 




you don't like the smell of napalm in 
the morning, you can always take 
charge of those pinko subversives and 
give the Yankees a taste of their own 
overseas diplomacy, heaven forbid! 

So that's the military history lesson 
out of the way, what about the game- 
play? Well, it's a fairly traditional 
hexagon-based wargame, controlled by 
the mouse, Icons depicting various 
movement options etc, can be selected 
and orders sent. 

Unit status is called up by clicking on 
the unit, and this will give important 
information as to its combat-readiness, 
Use of this system is pretty straightfor- 
ward and smooth and can be picked up 
reasonably quickly by non-strategists. If 
you are not sure as to what you should 
be doing, the objective display will 
help. 

As well as the historically accurate 
scenarios, there is the opportunity to 
change some of the parameters of the 
engagements. This allows you to play 
out "what if,,?" scenarios, and adds to 
the game's appeal- Some ideas are 
given In the manual. For instance; what 
if the NVA at Hue had three Shredded 
Wheat for breakfast? 

There is also an "enhanced" setting 
to give either side a bit of an advantage 
over the other. This is particularly useful 
for novices like me! Great stuff. 

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now. In the past, many a programmer 
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trickiest form of flight, usually with 
mined results. 

In the case of Thunderhawk, Cor* 
Design have produced what many a 
flight sim fanatic has been waiting for 
a playable, and more importantly a 
believable, chopper simulation. 
Probably the best comparison to 
Thundemawk is the Electronic Arts clas- 
sic Intercepter which never claimed to 
be the ultimate in realism but is one of 
the most enthralling action sims on the 
market. 

The comparison between Thunder- 
hawk and Intercepter is mainly inspired 



the mouse up and down. The second 
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acts |ust lite the joystick on <i normal 
sim. This particular bit of mouse 
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tons, just a steady hand and some gen- 
tle adjustment. 

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your feet but in the sim are adjusted by 
holding down the RMfl, while the 
mouse is pushed either left or right to 
spin the machine on its axis. 

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bined a take off would mean holding 
down the right button and pushing it 
forward to get some vertical lift. Next, a 
second click and a drag to the right 
would spin the machine a full 360 
degrees to you could spot any possible 
bandits. Lastly, a gentle push forward 



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by their similar approach to gameplay . 
As a result Thunderhawk isn't for the 
aeronautical purists, but if you want 
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basically refers to the angle of attack 
adopted by the rotors; the steeper the 
blade angle, the greater the lift. 

Within the sim it's controlled by 
clicking the right button and dragging 



dips the nose and you're on your way 
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Once on the move you can level off, 
double click to flick through the 
weapons and select your targets, all 
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pen to be a keyboard person the option 
to fly without your furless friend will be 
incorporated into the finished version. 

OK, I know it sounds complicated 
but it really isn't that bad, and when 
the subtle controls are combined with 
perhaps the smoothest graphics on any 
sim, the effect is excellent. 

So what's it all about? Well, to say 
the Gulf War influence is strong would 
be a bit of an understatement. The 
Apache's part in that conflict has not 
gone unnoticed, although your ship is 
supposed to be the next generation 
machine. 

The game revolves around six cam- 




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Distributor: Core Design Price: £10.99 



paigns each at which takes plate in sep- 
arate theatres of operation,, such as the 
Middle East Asia, Russia and so on. The 
campaigns consist of a series of mis- 
sions and your success in each of these 
is important. Once a campaign is 
secured you receive your orders and it's 
off to the next war-torn part of the 
planet to deal out a bit more death and 
destruction. 

The various missions and campaigns 
combine to make up a total of about 
60 different scenarios. As you progress 
the tactical element grows, and to com- 
plete a campaign a little brain-power 
will need to be added to the awesome 
fire-power of your ship. 

Each mission has a predefined set of 
objectives which can be tackled in any 
order, but if you're to proceed all mis- 
sion objectives must be met. The usual 
familiar flight sim elements are used 
such as head up display, electronic 
counter measures, multi-display radar, 
and juit about every aeronautical 
acronym you can think of, most of 
which require the odd click on the key- 



board to activate or adjust. Unlike 
Intercepted Thunderriawk is awash with 
littie extras which add to the involve- 
ment and atmosphere, For example, 
you have your very own Stormin' 
Norman who, for reasons of security, is 
known as lack, 

At the beginning of each mission 
goad old |ack gives you the low down 
on the next objective as well as a rea- 
sonable helping of some rather dated 
cold war rhetoric, such as: "Those dirty 
pinko Russkis are at it again Bub. You've 
gotta get up there and kick their ass". 

After old Stormin', it's off to the 
briefing room where you get the com- 
plete picture of the next mission. This is 
my favourite silly bit, complete with a 
Star Wars style attack briefing which is 
piped up on the main screen and occa- 
sionally punctuated with essential bits 
of info from the boss. 

Once all the necessary mission selec- 
tions are complete there's an armament 
scene where you can experiment with 



your own flair for ordnance. After a 
couple more scene setting animation 

sequences you finally take to the skies. 

As soon as you become one with 
your machine and its radically different 
controls it's time to find the enemy. 
Unlike most sims Thunderhawk doesn't 
insist on the usuaf 10 minute flight 
before you see your first opponent. 

Things usually happen pretty fast. 
With flax and tracer flying up from the 
ground and enemy gunships closing in 
for the kill, you have to duck the radar, 
avoid the bullets and still destroy your 
objective - whether that be a convoy, 
an airbase, a radar installation or any 
one of the many possible targets in the 
campaign, 

Stephanie Ross 



Sound 





Considering the huge 
amount of detail that's 
gone In Id the game I was 

more than ready to sacri- 
fice a little i on nd far the 
lake of smoothness, but 
was pleasantly surprised. 
The round Is on a sir 
with arty other sim on 

th* market, and In cer- 
tain areas It simply blow) 
them away. 



Gameplay 



At the risk of sounding 

repetitive I have to say 
excellent again. If you 
want action with a chal- 
lenge It can't be beaten, 
but having said that, the 
game- 1 Ike style probably 
won't win too many 
friends among the 'real- 
ism or rubbish' lobby uf 
flight sim enthusiasts. 



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Graphics 

As you can ice from the 
screen ihot j, the graphics 
art vary impressive but 
the quality of the various 
objects is totally over- 
shadowed by the amaz- 
ingly smooth movement. 
It quite simply puts some 
other timi to shame. 



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Gameplay 



Atomino Is initially very 
addictive. There are a 
couple of different type* 
of level to add 4 bit of 
variety, but a few more 
would have made It much 
better. Very easy to get 
Into and devilishly diffi- 
cult to put dawn. Worth 
looking at, but try before 
you buy. 



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Distributor: Psy gnosis Price: £25.99 



When Einstein split the atom 
I wonder whether he 
thought that in a few 
years people would get the chance to 
put them back, together again? Atoms 
seem to be the subject of a new genre 
in the computer field. With Atomix 
from Thalron appearing last year, 
maybe this is the genre of the future? 

Atomino is basically a puzzle game, 
All you have to do is |orn a number of 
molecules together so that there are 
loose links between them. Sound sim- 
ple? Well, like all the best puzzle games, 
it's simple in theory but infuriatingly 
addictive in execution. 

The game grid in Atomino is limited 
in size so the amount of space you can 
work in gets smaller the more 
molecules you use. All the molecules 
have a different number of links and 
they will only vanish when they have 
been bonded with no outstanding links. 
When they vanish you will have more 
space in which to operate. 

The game is timed so you don't have 
long to play around with the molecules 
trying to get them to fit. On some of 
the higher levels obstacles appear that 
look decorative but serve only to fur- 
ther reduce the amount of play area 
you have left. 

The molecuies come in four forms. 



The stopper has only one fink, so is use- 
ful for ending paths. The two-way is 
useful for creating and connecting cor- 
ners. The three-way can b* useful for 
diverting straight lines but the four-way 
is the really awkward piece - it only 
ever seems to turn; up when you don't 
need it, 

Atomino is one of those games that 
doesn't really look brilliant, As you can 



probably see from, the screenshots, the 
magic of Atomino is in its addictfveness. 
But you will be surprised at just how 
challenging it really is. 

The only real problem with it is that I 
don't think it warrants the full price tag, 
especially not £25.99. If you're heavily 
into this sort of game then it's a good 
buy but otherwise give it a miss. 

Diitnian Carras 



Sound 



The In-game music It 
quite dramatic and adds 
to the atmosphere. The 
effects are great as well - 
far once, a puzzle game* 
sound adds to the fun of 

playing It. 



Graphics 



Puzzle games aren't 
renowned for brilliant 
graphics, and Atomino is 
no exception to this rule. 
The title screen li nice 
with a picture of old 
Einstein doing hli stuff, 
Inside, the molecules are 
small but detailed, 
General ly not too bad. 






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Simple pu2Z»e games have a cer- 
tain beauty in that while they 
are often easy to grasp, they 
can be so difficult to master. This is all 
very well of course, but their simplicity 
also makes it incredibly tiara" to say any 
more than a few words when reviewing 
- a cause for more reviewers' hair loss 
than cheap dye. 

Tangram <* one such game, 
designed by those masters of fiendish 
puzzles, the inscrutable Chinese. 
Apparently it is a national pastime of 
our Oriental friends, who have been 
playing it fof over 4,000 years now - 
quite a recommendation! 

The idea is to place seven grey geo- 
metric tiles on to a brown figure in the 
middle of the screen, cowering it totally. 
Some of the figures depict animals, 
some buildings, people and other 
shapes that defy description - contor- 
tionists, maybe? 

Your playing pieces are displayed on 
the right of the playing area, being 
picked up and moved using the mouse, 
Pressing the right mouse button turns 
the pieces a la Tetris, and a press of the 
left button places the piece on the 
board, hopefully in the right place. You 




can choose from two difficulty levels 
from the pre-game menu, either Novice 
or Expert. Choosing Novice mode gives 
you more time because the timer ticks 
away every two seconds and the levels, 
are presented with s progressive 

difficulty- 
Expert mode gives only one second 
every count and presents levels in no 
set order. A two player option is 
included on the menu which allows you 
to compete with a friend - or just show 
off when you get good at the game. In 
this mode each player plays separately, 
one after the other. 

Playing the game is a cinch. The 
control method is very smooth and the 
first few figures are easy enough to get 



Gameplay 



Oozes play ability, easy to 
get Into and play. The 200 
level* should result In a 
lot of lost sleep, but some 
may find the game a little 
too simplistic- 



Sound 



Pieudu Oriental lOund- 
track gets on the nerves. 
No spot fX to ipaak of. 
Puzzle game* really do 
need some kind of decent 
tunes and FR to prove 
really playable. Put on 
,qmt Ryulchl Sakamoto 
Instead for a real far-East 
experience. 




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yau off Lo a good start, After that, 
things begin to get difficult, 

Just as you think you've cracked it, 
the pieces run out. You really start to 
wonder how on earth those shapes are 
going to fit They will fit, of course, but 
not until you've done a lot of swearing 
and head scratching. 

Points are awarded for completing 
puzzles in the time given. Any time left 
over is converted into bonus points, 
and these are marked separately on the 
right of the screen, 

li you can't complete a puzde in the 
allotted time, the bonus points you 
have earned so far act as extra seconds 
and these will start la count down to 
jero. Once these expire, all is not lost as 



G. 



Graphic 



Another Chinese puzzle? 



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Graphic* are very cte*f 
and suit the feel of tha 
game. Colours mrm used 
well, a sort of Oriental 
pastel that wouldn't be 
out of plo*e In Don 
Johnson's illk pyjama 
wardrobe. Nice little 
backdrop of Chlnare 
dragon on the play araa. 



there is the option of buying "contin- 
ues" from your standard points - get 

the Wea? 

To prevent mental breakdown 
occurring from too much non-stop 
cerebral gymnastics, there is a very wel- 
come pause facility- This allows a short 
break to ease weary brain cells, have a 
cup of coffee or fust get on with the 
rest of your life, The game can be 
rather addictive, 

Cheats beware however, as the play- 
ing area is obscured during this time, so 
puizles can't be worked out without 
the timer ticking away. Hah! 

If difficult puzzle games are your 
bag, you can't go wrong with this one, 
There are 200 levels supplied, so it is 
likely to take some beating - not to 
mention a lot of your lime, 

I've been playing it for quite a while 
now and still can't get past level 16, 
Mind you, I was never any good at 
knocking those shaped pegs through 
the holes as a kid, so maybe that 
accounts for something, 

Ady Daw 





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slaughtering armies single-handed to 

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order any test to be done, refer the 
patent to a specialist or you can decide 
to operate yourself, 

Before you complete your diagnosis, 
however, you must physically examine 
your patient. This entails prodding 
them in the 



stomach to see whether it hurts or not. 
Correct diagnosis is essential if you 
want to further your career. After all, 
giving someone open heart surgery for 
indigestion is not exactly what you 
would call good doctoring is it? 

If your diagnosis leads to surgery you 
had better prepare yourself for SOrfie Of 
the most compJex gameplay you are 
ever likely to see. You see, surgery is not 
just a case of opening your patient up 
with a quick slash of a scalpel, ripping 
out the problem and then a quick stitch 
to finish up. 

First up you have to select the 
ight surgical team. Some team 
members won't work well with 
certain others, so you have to 
get the balancing act just 
right. Then you have to 
prepare yourself, 
although this involves 
nothing more than mak- 
ing sure you are wear- 
ing gloves. 

The fun starts 




as you prep the patient The first time 
you operate I can guarantee that the 
patient will be dead in under a minute. 
There is so much to do to ensure 
longevity that you just won't think 
about some of what you have to do. 
Remember you have to anaesthetise 
your patient, sterilise the work area, 
inject certain drugs, the list just goes on 
and on. 

The scene Is just as gruesome and 
bloody as the real thing, In one of my 
ops there was so much blood all over 
the place that I couldn't see what li was 
supposed to be cutting and this lead to 
the inevitable result - death for the 
patient, In fact, until you get the hang 
of all the aspects of the game you will 
probably end up killing a lot of people. 
Fortunately, the game doesn't end 
when you kill someone, you just get a 
reprimand from the head surgeon. 

For those who prefer to learn as they 
play there is a classroom you will be 
called to after each treatment to learn 
where you went wrong and what to do 
in the future. Other doctors will page 
you from time to time to offer advice 
and information on the patients and 
their conditions but it is down to you to 
decide what to do and when, 

Life and Death has been a long time 
coming - it has been on the cards far 
over a year now. Already a sequel, sub- 
titled The Brain, has been released on 
the PC which promotes you to the role 
of a brain surgeon. Sounds gross! 

Anyway Life and Death is a very nice- 
looking game. Cross but nice. To sum 
up, it may be a little repetitive if you 
keep getting your diagnoses wrong, 
but that should act as an incentive to 
do better. 

Ben Wears 




Gameplay 



The surgery part of Life 
and Death comes Into Its 
own as fur H* gameplay 
goes. There Is sd much to 
do It must be like the real 
thing. For added realism I 
suppose you would have 
to play the game for 72 
hour) at a time Just like 
th* real Junior doctor* do. 
Plain diagnosis can gat a 
little boring after a while 
but the blood and guts of 
surgery makes up for It. 



Sound 



Thc-r* Isn't much In the 
game soundwlia. You 
hear the doors opening 
and doling as you enter 
rooms. One very nice 
touch Is the moans and 
groans of patients as you 
prod them to see where 
It hurts. Apart from this 
there is very little, but 
then who needs It In a 
game like this? 



Graphics 

The graphics Just can't be 
faulted. V*ry clear and 
detailed around the hos- 
pital, and as for the 

surgery, well let's |ust 
say It can be very blood- 
thirsty and Mind scape 
certainly haven't pulled 
back from letting you see 
everything. If ever a 
game had near-perfect 
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Do you ever dream of living 
like our Stone Age ancestors 
did, free from the hassles of 
modem Irfe - no Dading Buds of May, 
and even belter, no Neighbours? Well 
now you can trade the hassle of the 
motorway far the menace of the prehis- 
toric jungle in Titus' latest creation. 

Vdu play the caveman Prehistorik 
and your main object is to gather 
enough food to take you to the next 
level in this horizontally scrolling plat- 
form game. Armed with the lethal com- 
bination of a club and a bit of 
intelligence, the idea is la whack ani- 
mals on the head, walk on them and 
then add them to your larder. 

This quest for food takes you 
through the caverns of an unknown 
continent, Antarctica, and a tropical 
rainforest. As usual, at the end of each 
level there Is a guardian to be removed. 
However, of course it's not as simple 
as this. Touching the animals means 
the loss of precious energy and the 
more lethal of them can throw thingi 
at you or even breathe fireballs. 

Another way that energy is lost is by 
walking into obstacles, and lives are lost 



Some Stone Age villains 

Gubba-Gluh: Indescribably stupid and begs to be hit,, but he could ambush you 

by surprise. Two knocks are needed to put hrm out of action. 

Bohr and Bobor: Not as friendly as they sound - they're man-eating bears. Two 

strikes and they're bear steak. 

Pyrtf-tax: An ancestor of one of the Pacman villains, this mean mother can spit 

Fire from that gob of his, so avoid him if you can. If you can't, then one hit on the 

head should see him out of It. 

fimnk: One of the irrvindWes, Her teeth are sharp enough to bite through steel, 

so be on your guard, 

Turtotaurut: The giant green turtle and what's more she's lost her home and is 

hungry, so either keep away or whack her five times if you want turtle soup for 

dinner, 

Arakomj; The defender oF the caves. Any touch is fatal, Don't get trapped in her 

web. 

Sad Bat: The other cave-dwelter in the game. One crack with the club is all that's 

n e ed e d . 

Chlmp-agogo- This cheeky monkey lives in the trees where he lobs coconuts at 

you but you can teach him a lesson with the club. 



FINAL JUDGEMENT 




by falling into holes or water. If the 

level is not completed in time, then you 
lose a life, 

The other piace to get food is in the 
caves or under ponds, Here the food is 
well defended but help is at hand 



because the caves eontain things that 

are useful to you. There are clocks that 
add (o your time, shields, axes to knock 
out the baddies quickly, bombs, crosses 
that add an extra life, and a spring to 
make you jump higher, These little 



devices can be picked op by cracking 
your meditating guru friend on the head 
and taking what's left behind, He comes 
and goes at will so catch him if you can, 

Unusual touches are the trampolines 
that help you to jump higher, and best 
of all, the balloons which let you con- 
trol the main character as he floats 
through the air. 

This is one of the best games pro- 
duced by Trtus. It has simple, no non- 
sense gameplay and brilliant, 
melt-your-heart graphics. Even the bad* 
dies look cute - occasionally you might 
rind yourself sympathising with them 
when they "buy It"! 

George Choy 



The Flintstones were never like this 

PREHISTORIK 




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After years af war, their 
defenses crumbling, no 
longer able to utilise the 
complex weaponry at their disposal, 
the people of the Union created 
Cybercon. And bey, did they live to 
regret itl 

The first Cybercons were man's 
saviour, defending the Union against 
the attacks of the evil Alliance, then 
advancing to pulverise them, Peace, 
tore, and free focal phone calls quickly 
spread over the whole globe. Delighted 
children the world over played with 
Cy hereon models and watched 
Cy hereon cartoons. There were even 
plans for "My Little Cybercon " com- 
plete with realistic blood. 

After all that, you'd think they would 
have quit while they were ahead but, 
fortunately for US Cold, they decided it 
would be a "neat idea* to create their 
j Iti mate nightmare: a computer which 
could not only think for itself, but 
which was entirely serf-sufficient and 
equipped with enough weapons to 
control a Ceftic-Rangers match. 

Cybercon III (The Return} was bom. 
Ho-hum! 

In his formative years, Cybie was a 
well-behaved lad, and his patrolling 
warbots became a comforting sight to 
a populace wearied by incessant wars 
and repeats of oid Wogan 
shows. In time, though, he 
began to grow up and 
started to cut oft all con- 
tact with humans as he 
learned to fend fqr him- 
self. Hardly anyone 
could remember where 
his control centres were 
located, and even 
fewer were bothered. 

Of course, the same 
lethargic populace became 
rapidly more bothered 



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Combat the crazed cybernetic computer! 

CYBERCON HI 



about Cybie when his silos started spit- 
ting out nukes. As their cities began to 
vapounse around them, humans finally 
j _^ 9l saw the logic in the 
old proverb: "He 
who builds dirty 
great computer 
and gives It nukes 
Is playing with fire, 
and will need a lot 
more than a stitch in 
time to save his 
hide", 

Cybercon III 

revolves around 

humanity's desperate 

last attempt to avoid. 





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Distributor: US Gold Price: £25.99 

annihilation. As Cybie's public relations 
droids scour the countryside for people 
to educate in- the ways of the next 
world, the ever-generous Union equips 
you, its most gullible - er - experienced 
warrior, with a suit of power armour in 
which you must battle your way 
through the vast complex that is 
Cybercon III. 

All you have to do is avoid or neu- 
tralise the robots, fixed guns, traps, and 
very deep chasms of the most 
formidable defensive complex in his- 
tory, reach its core, and destroy Cybie's 
brain stem. No sweat 

The complex is made up of a variety 
of Sectors, each Of which is defended in 
different ways and demands a different 
approach from (he aggressor, To pro- 
ceed, you have to find various Sonic 
Key codes to open doors, extend walk- 
ways over gaping crevasses, and the 
usual "find your way through the 3D 
labyrinth" sort of stuff . 

Your power suit, which should really 
be equipped with tactical nuclear 
weapons, sports a Plasma weapon 
which blips out little purple balls of 
what looks like chewing gum. The stuff 
destroys most Walker and Floater droids 
with ease, but you'll have to use tactics 
against some of the more dangerous 
obstacles. 

The suit also contains some quite 
complex controls for auto-repair facili- 
ties, and comes complete with such 
optional extras as sensors, a video cam- 
era, shield, and power-assisted lump- 
ing. Would Sir care to take her for a 
spin? 

If you're a fan of the Castle Master 
series, or games such as Interphase and 
Infestation, you'll enjoy Cybercon III. If 
not, you'll probably hate it. Movement 
is slow, the action is hardly frenetic. 



and for sheer challenge, the puzzles 
don't compare with the stubborn 
refusal of the controls to do what you 
want them to at critical moments. 

Perseverance, I suspect, would bring 
its rewards, as the game is undoubtedly 
very large and complex. Fans of the 
type will find a great deal to keep them 
going. The rest of us, however, will 
wisely give it a miss. 

Sandra Foley 





Gameplay 


Neither fait enough 


for 


the action freakt, 


nor 


involved enough for the 


high -brows, Cy hereon 


III* 


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like 


playing noughts 


and 


crone* on a very big i 


icon 


board. 









Sound 




A* usual In a game whose 
rail ion d'etre li It* graph- 
ic* and gameplay, the 
sound I* abysmal. There' t 
a sort of background 
hum accompanied by 
tpot effecti when doors 
open and shots arc fired, 
but that's about It. 



Graphics 

Slightly better than typi- 
cal for 3D labyrinth 
games, with imoothly 
animated doors, well 
constructed robots., and 
the odd spot of Interior 
decorating. 




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follow-up is never anywhere near as 
good as the first - with the odd 
exception - but games sequels are 
nearly always an improvement on the 
original. 

Luckily, F15 Strike Eagle II is not one 
of the exceptions. I can safely say that it 
is a huge improvement over the 
excellent F15 Strike Eagle that was 
released absolutely yonks ago. 

About a year ago Microprose 
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now for their version. In that year the 
programmers decided to make the 
Amiga version even better than that on 
the PC. "Not hard to do!" I hear you 
cry, but the PC version plays a mean 
game, 

The FT 5, for those of you who have 
had your head buried in the sand for 
the last year, played a critical role 
alongside British Tornadoes in the Gulf 
conflict. In fact, the way that Saddam's 
forces were militarily disabled and 
unable to respond to allied attacks was 
primarily put down to the F1 5. 

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chosen not to have an Iraq scenario in 
the game. True, they do feature the 
Persian Gulf but the Gulf has always 
been at flashpoint so it adds 
atmosphere to the game, 

F1S II utilises all the roles that this 
aircraft can play, be it air-to-air attack 
or air-to-ground. The plane is 
awesomely powerful in bom roles. Just 
how well it flies, however, is entirely up 
to you, ■ 

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can fly. These are the Persian Gulf 

(naturally), Vietnam, Central Europe, 
the Middle East, North Cape and North 
Africa, 

Microprose boast of a total playing 
area of half a million square miles, and 
after playing the game I wouldn't argue 
with them, Each of these arenas 
contains hundreds of missions which 
differ every time you play them so your 
chosen tactics in each are vital to 
success. 

There are four skill levels allowing 
beginners to pick up the basics really 
quickly or flying aces to have regular 
dogfights with the best. And for those 
who can fly the things easily enough 
but seem to crash every time they even 
think about attempting a landing there 
is an easy auto-pilot option that will do 
all the hard work for you, leaving you 
Free to concentrate on the action. 

As with most flight iims these days 
you can view the action from 
viewpoints both inside and outside the 
aircraft, Used properly this can lead to 
amazing sequences where you can view 
enemy planes coming into range and 
see your missiles horning In and 
blowing them to bits, 

Military hardware buffs will freak out 
at the authenticity of this sim - all the 
weapons perform exactly as they 
should, although unfortunately there 
are no Cruise missiles to watch turn 
comers. 

Everything is so precise and accurate 
you can hardly believe it's just a game- 
Even trie enemy planes and ground 
attack crews don't just sit around like 



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Sidewinder fodder - they react 
intelligently to everything you do, so 
you will need to be fast and accurate 10 
take them down before they do the 
same to you. 

After signing in on the roster you 
choose your operating theatre, Then 
it's time for the mission briefing where 
you are given your primary targets 
(those you hit first) and your secondary 
targets (those you hit if you feel like it). 
Then you clamber aboard your fighter 
and get airborne. 

As soon as you are up you use i 
combination of your radar and the 
waypoint selector to fly as quickly as 
possible to your next target. Of course, 
the enemy are not going to just 
sit there and take it. If you are 
up too high the SAM sites 
will fire deadry air-to- 
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Enemy airfields also react to your 
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bring you down to earth with a bump. 

When you are attacking targets, be 
they primary, secondary or 
inconvenient enemy reaction forces, 
you must select the most effective 
weaponry and tactics to take them out 
quickly and effectively. Your plane is 
equipped with a varied arsenal and 
each weapon is most effective in a 
particular role - it's up to you to decide 
when to use which one. 

If your plane is still in one piece alter 
all this you can return to a hiendly air 
base - preferably 
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performance and enough points 
gathered for wasting bad guys and 
completing missions will see you being 
awarded a medaf for your efforts. 

But one medal doesn't look very 
nice on its own, you will have to get 
several to make your chest look good. 
With the 




medals come promotions, although the 
enemy will consider shooting down a 
major much more worthwhile than 
shooting down a rookie private, if you 
get my meaning. 

In mid -battle, if you are in trouble 
and the enemy are taking great delight 
in taking your aircraft apart bit by bit, 
you can always pull the handle and 

eject. Of 
course, 
ejecting over 
enemy ter- 
ritory is not 
such a good idea 
and you must 
remember that too 
many premature ejections 
will make your superiors take 
you off flying and give you a 
desk fob, so it will be game over for 
you. 

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premature ejection 
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or something to take your mind off t 

On the whole F1 5 II is without doubt 
one of the best flight rims around at 
the moment. As you would expect from 
Microprose the packaging is excellent 

The manual is one of those things 
that you could take to bed for a read. 




Sound 



Ai you would expect, 
there isn't much In the 
way of music but In a 
game Ilk* this you really 
don't need It. After all. 
how many pilot* listen to 
music while flying 
combat ml is Ion i? 

The effects are pretty 
neat and add to the 

atmosphere of thlf 
masterpiece. 



very fast and covers alf the theatres of 
combat that are relevant at the 
moment. Without any doubt, flS 
Strike Eagle II is an essential purchase 
for the serious game player. 

Lewis Creed 



Gameplay 

Second to none. Six 
different theatref of 
operation! with hundred! 
of missions in each. 
This will keep even the 

most hardened fan going 
Microprose have un- 
leashed a classic on the 
game-playing public. 



Graphics 

Th* 3D If very fait lit F15 
II And work) well. The 
non-game screen* are 
very colourful and well 
detailed. Graphic* a< 
good as this make the 
game a pleasure to play. 
Combat sequences are 
vary well done and 
atmospheric. 

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BATTER UP! The pitcher eyed 
me with a determined look 
that said "Your head tonnes 
off in three seconds", the fielders 
banged their gloved fists m anticipa- 
tion and the 25.000-strong crowd 
roared like a pack of bew-iwilling ani- 
mate which, funnily enough, was just 
what they were. 

Holding the bat with trepidation I 
itepped into the limelight, the pitcher 
wound up like a turboeharged alarm 
clock and before I could say "Hang on a 
minute - this isn't rounder*, is it?" , the 
bail whizzed past me in a blur of 
Doppler distortion. The catcher 
grinned, spat, and delivered that 
immortal line ^teeeeeerrriiikel You're 

outa there!" 

And ail this from a game invented by 
English ■schooiglrlsL Anyone, like me, 
nurturing fond memories of halcyon 
summer days playing rounders in the 
sun can forget K however. Our colonial 
cousins have added overarm bowling at 
speeds your average Ferrari would be 
proud of, and stretched the bat and the 
diamond to more "manty* proportions. 
You can think of Baseball as rounders 
with Rottweilers. 

RSI Baseball 2 is Domark's latest col- 
laboration with arcade coin-op kings, 
Tenoen, and betrays its origins, in every 
byte of coding. It's bright, colourful, 
and animated, and the controls are 
only as complicated as absolutely nec- 
essary. So what about the gameplay? 

If you're a fan of* American baseball 
already, the game plays as a tactical 
struggle between two sides or players 
with batting and pitching averages 
arrived at, apparently, after some weird 
calculation carried out by a Cray com- 
puter. 

At this level, the most important 
aspect of play is when and where to 
play the best players, who to use as 



openers, and when to substitute tired 
pitchers or switch from, say, a right- 
handed to a left-handed player. When 
you get into it, the gameplay at this 
level is absorbing and addictive. 

In the World Series competition, 
which turns seemingly fit and active 
Americans into couch potatoes as soon 
as it hits TV, you have the opportu- 
nity to play a long and extremely 
testing series of games against 

such famous teams as the 

New York 

Yankees and 

the Boston 

tied Sox. As 

it is very difficult 

to win a World Series game 

against Major League oppposi- 

tion, the option adds a great 

deal of long term appeal to 



the game. In a single match, skill levels 
can be varied from Little League, 
through Minor League, to the numb- 
jngly difficult Major League, so there's 
enough variation to give beginners a 
chance and maintain the challenge for 
experienced players, 

If you're not a baseball fan (trivia tip; 
the word "fan" was originally 
applied to baseball "fanatics" and 
shortened to the word we all take 
for granted 
today) RBI 
Baseball 2 
will initially 
seem just a little 
shallow. 
The play actions for 
pitching are limited to 
slow, fast, and curve balls, and 
batting is a choice of a 




full swing or a bunt, nothing more. 
However, once the statistical gobblede- 
gook that is the Stateside sports' fan's 

staple diet starts to make sense, the 
Game opens up and takes a real hold. 
After a couple of Little League 

games with the same side, I felt confi- 
dent enough of my team's strengths to 
try a game in the Minor League, but 
the experiment proved to be a little 

prematwre. 

Some people might think 15-4 is a 
thrashing, but just you wait and see. 
My lads'N show 'em next year. Now, 
where did I put that video of Tbt 

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good biffing, then we want to hear from you, We're after tips, cheats and 
tricks for just about amy Amiga game. 

Don't forget though, the newer the game the better - we're particularly 
interested in cheats and; tips for amy games reviewed within this issue. 

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DRAGONS LAIR 2 

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HARD 
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You may drive a Ferrari 
Testarossa, but you have to 
admit that It handles about as 
well as a shopping trolley in 
Domaric's conversion of the Atari 
coin-op Hard DrMn' 2. 

To keep your no claims bonus, 
take the car up to top speed and 
then take it out of gear and Into 
neutral. You will now be able to 
cruise around the track without 
sliding off the road or having to 
worry about colliding with 
object s. 



PP HAMMER 

Oops! Those of you who tried to use the PP Hammer level codes published in 
last month's Issue will no doubt have discovered already that they don't actu- 
ally (as Such) work as they should. In fact, they don't work at all. 

The reason for this colossal boo-boo is simple: PP Hammer generates unique 
level codes for every name entered, therefore unless you enter the correct 
name, you'll get a different set of cades to the ones published. 

To get our codes to work, enter your name as "HAMMER". You'll then be 
able to access any one of Hammer's 62 levels. Rest assured that the person 
responsible has had his knees stapled together. 



MONTY 
PYTHON 

Do you want a cheat for Virgin's 
Monty Python? Know what I mean? 
Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Know 
what I mean? 

When you get to the high score 
table, enter your name as "5EM- 
PRINr. Yoj wHf now be able to skip 
to any levd - up to the one you previ- 
ously got to- using the cursor keys, 

TOTAL 
RECALL 

Amie may be a pretty tough character, 
but even he would probably admit that 
a little- bit of help wouldn't go amiss 
occasionally when things get tight. 

To turn on the cheat mode enter 
"LISTEN TO THE WHALES" (with no 
spaces). Now, in the |ohnny Cab sec- 
tion, enter "|IMMY HENDRUC (with no 
spaces again) and you'll have infinite 
energy - something that even Arnie 
doesn't have. 



CHAOS 
STRIKES RACK 

Give the Evil Wizard s damned good 
thrashing with this cheat from Lisa 
HumphrFes of Semington In Wiltshire. 

Find a Dragon and cast a "MO ZO 
GOR SAR" spell. Next, press Escape 
twice to pause the game. Now, whiie 
keeping the left ALT key down, enter 
"LOUD UBRASULUS SMITHES THEE 
DOWN". 

Unpause the game, kill the Dragon 
and it will leave a Fire Staff, With this 
little beauty by your side, your party 
will be totally invincible. 



DYTER-07 

To make the going slightly easier, type 
"GIBS" as soon as the title screen 
appears. Now, during the game press 
"W" for extra weapons, "S" to top up 
your shield and "L" to skip levels. 



TOYOTA CELICA CT RALLY 

Even with a 2 litre, 16 valve turbo-charged engine under the bonnet, getting la 
the end of each stage of Gremlin's official Toyota Rally simulation is a tough task. 
To cut out all the hard work, press Control and "C" together and you'll be trans- 
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Broadcasting 

news 



A J a machine offering hfgh 
quality graphics-, ease of 
nonlocking and a range of 
video peripherals and software, It 
wasn't tong before the Amiga began to 
make its mark in television. Until 
recently, however, it has been only a 
small-time player. 

Although excellent in the context of 
home and business computing, the 
Amiga's 1 6-bit graphics are simply not 
good enough for extensive use in a pro- 
fessional broadcasting environment 

Ekit the Amiga is already probably 
the most popular choice of machine for 
video professionals in the US, where 24- 
bit add-ons are available in greater 
numbers than in this country, and 
where it has the advantage of out- 
putting an NT5C<Qmpatible video sig- 
nal. In Britain, however, producers of 
high -end TV broadcasts have hitherto 
used the Amy in only a minor support- 
ing role. 
Programmes such as Catcftprjrase 



and the popular ITV Chart Show have 
been using the Amiga's standard out- 
put for graphics effects for several 
years. These shows, however, have rep- 
resented only a scattered use of the 
Amiga for simpte spot effects and the 
odd animation. 

With the advent of 24-bit technol- 
ogy for the Amiga, the machine's role 
as a low-end budget TV graphics 
machine is set to change. Broadcasters 
are beginning to realise fust how flexi- 
ble and powerful a tool the Amiga can 
be when armed with 24-bit graphics, 
and it was in pursuit of the Amiga's 



broadcasting breakthrough that I 
packed my bags and headed north to 
the fair city of Glasgow. 

Clyde visions 

The city which brought you Taggart, 
Tutti Frutti, and - in days gone by - 25 
per cent of the world's merchant ship- 
ping, Is now turning its not inconsider- 
able energies to the next century. In 
the best traditions of the "silicon glen", 
computers are playing a major role in 
the city's rejuvenation. 

I found the Amiga doing its bit in the 



Stevie Kennedy 

looks at how 24-bit 

Amigas are being 

used for 24-carat 

quality TV 



service of Leslie Mitchell and Associates. 

The company,, which specialises mainly 
in corporate and marketing videos, 
have recently completed recording the 
fifth series of Catekwofd for the BBC. As 
a qui? show involving word and letter 
puzzles, Catchword was an ideal candi- 
date for the Amiga treatment, 

"We used to use a BBC-B for our 
graphics effects", Leslie Mitchell told 
me, "so they were necessarily quite 
basic I think our existing fans will be 
surprised at the quality of our new-look 
graphics", 

The show, which goes out on BflC2 r s 
4pm slot, attracts a regular audience ol 
between two and four million viewers 
and has built up a dedicated following 
over the past few yeans. 

"We find our audience is full of 
scrabble and crossword fans", said 







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the same dictionary as 
that used by the offi- 
cial Scrabble game. 
The word puiziles are 
quite varied and dif- 
ficult, SO we're a bit 
more quiz-oriented than some other 
game shows' 1 . 

How exactly is the Amiga used in the 
production, of the show? 

"We used the machine for just about 
everything, from the titles to the graph- 
ics and sound effects". 

And these were all generated on the 
Amiga? 

"Not all. The ray traced graphics 
were done by Peter Wilson in Real 3D 
and the titles generated using 
Broadcast Ti tier 2, but the sound was 
created elswhere then imported for the 
Amiga to produce during the show". 

So the Amiga was being used in: real 
time? 

"Yes, we actually had an Amiga 
operator sitting in the gallery taking hi! 
cue from the director. When we 
wanted an effect or animation, the 
operator received the cue and the 
Amiga flashed the graphics to the mon- 
itors for the contestants and audience 
to see. Everything went straight to 
video in the studio before a real audi- 
ence". 

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excuse the pun, has to be flexibility. 

Leslie assured us that the werfc done 
with the Amiga would not have been 
possible with any other system. 

"We didn't just need the broadcast 
quality graphics", he said. "We also 
needed to be able to randomly gener- 
ate letters, run animations, and play 
sound effects all at the same time, It 
was the Amiga's multi-tasking capabil- 
ity that helped most in that respect". 

And from where did the Amiga get 
its 24-bit broadcast- quality graphics? 
You guessed it - our old friend the 
Harlequin card from Amiga Centre 
Scotland. 

Leslie Mitchell originally started using 
the Amiga because it offered the corpo- 
rate video producer a good budget level 
graphics tool. With the addition of a 24- 
bit graphics card such as Harlequin, 
however, the machine is capable of 
graphics indistinguishable from those 
which are Output by industry standard 
machines, such as Paintbox. 



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My next stop in Glasgow was just up 
the road at Scope Picture Productions 
where Amiga artisan John Butler toils 
daily as a Paintbox operator. I found 
John hidden away in a darkened cubicle 
full of extremely expensive video equip- 
ment and an Amiga with its top off. 

"Have to keep it cool, you know", he 
said. A cursory glance told me that this 
particular Amiga would be more prone 
to heat build up than nnost- 

Packed into its quivering shell was 
8Mb of ram, a 2SMHz CVP 3001 card, 
and a Harlequin, all working overtime 
on John's Amiga projects. These pro- 
jects turned out to be some of the most 
impressive and original ray-traced ani- 



mations I'd seen in quite a while. 
Commercially, the first application of 
John's work is an advertisement for an 
0698 chat line, featuring a dancing 
telephone and two sets of chaptering 
false teeth. In terms of its graphics, It 
has to be one of the best advertise- 
ments I've ever clapped eyes on for the 
sort of quality one can wrest from the 
bowels or an Amiga. 

Why use the Amiga? 

"The hardware is as good as it can 
be because it meets broadcast spec and 
if s 24-bit". 

¥ou mean with the Harlequin? 

"Veah, and Imagine is pretty fast, so 
as a system the Amiga's unmatched at ^ 



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the price. For professional video users 
ft's goUo be the choice'' . 

So you see yourself using it fnore in 
the future for your professional work? 

"Yes, but the software could still 
improve a lot. The Amiga is fine and 
Harlequin works well,, but the software 
available still leaves a lot to be desired. 
There's no 24-bit paint package avail- 
able yet for the Amiga, except TV Paint, 
which is in French, and the ray tracers 
could bea lot better", 

I thought you favoured imagine? 
"I do. I mean. Real 3D is pretty use- 
less for any complex work you can't 
build up out of primitives. Try making a 
company logo using just a lot of 
spheres and cubes! imagine is much 
better because it allows you virtually to 
draw the shape as you go along, but it 
still has a long way to go, It's fast and a 
lot more flexible for my needs, but if s 
still missing a few essential features, like 
complex spline bending 1 *. 
Spline what? 

"It's where you can build a complex. 
ob|ect out of lots of smaller ones, then 
bend the whole thing as one object. 
When you can do that, animation 
becomes a lot easier." 

Splines, 1 later discovered, are a sort 
of flexible mathematical curve to which 
you tan fit a line, thus bending it in 
exactly the way you require. In the case 
of 3D objects, the manipulation of a 
spline allows you to distort entire 
objects. 

John's dancing telephone, for exam- 
pie, is a complex object which stretches 
and squashes at it cavorts around on 
stage, To achieve this effect, he was 
forced to manipulate each and every 
component of the telephone. Needless 
to say, if the phone could have been 
distorted as a single complex object it 
would have greatly accelerated the ani- 
mation work, 

To be fair, this is a criticism you 
could level at all Amiga ray tracers apart 
from, say, the latest package, 
Animation journeyman. As we've not 
had a look at this package, we can only 
suspend judgement for now, but the 
point is one the software producers 
ought to note, If ray tracing packages 
are going to be used mostly by profes- 
sionals, they should cater more to the 
needs of a professional environment, 



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and the one requirement they all moan 
about is speed of operation. 

"Another thing", |ohn continued, 
"you have to be able to output your 
24-bit images to tape or they're no 
good to anyone", 

And that's not possible with the 
Amiga? 

"It's possible, but the only program 
I've seen which does it is Sympalica, 
and I found it a little over complicated 
and slaw to transfer my stufl to tape. 
Luckily, I can do everything here 
through the existing system by transrer- 
ring my Amiga images to the 
Paintbox", 

What does he think of the Amiga's 
speed of rendering? 

"I wish I had the 50MHi card, but 
the ZSUHi is fine, I tend to restrict 
myself to images that'll render in not 
much more than twenty-five minutes 
per frame, Any longer than that and it's 
not worth it when you're trying to work 
on something". 

And the verdict? 

It appears that an increasing number of 
professional users are recognising in the 
Amiga a 24-bit graphics machine which 
produces broadcast quality images for a 
fraction of the cost of the market-lead- 
ing systems. 

In the hardware department the 
machine can hardly be faulted once fit- 
ted with a 24-bit board such as 
Harlequin or the VD2GM , and a proces- 
sor accelerator to reduce rendering 
times, On the software front, develop- 
ers still have some way to catch up. 

It is a very encouraging sign that 
professio-nal broadcasters such as 
Leslie Mitchell and the BBC, ard 
video professionals like John Butler 
are using the Amiga side-by-side with 
extremely expensive high-end equip- 
ment. It is all the more heartening to 
note that the machine is not only 
holding its own, but showing up 
some weaknesses in the professional 

gear. 

At any rate, the entire video industry 
is now aware that the Amiga has a 
great deal of potential in this field.lt Is, 
as American magazine Vtieogmphy pro- 
claimed in its April 1991 special report 
on the Amiga, "the video natural". 




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Harnessed power 

One obvious natural advantage John enjoys over the average Amiga user is the 
Quantel Paintbox squatting ominously in the comer of the room. 

There is however, one huge area in which Paintbo* is deficient - it is purely a 
2D paint system and cannot generate 30 images or produce the sort of ray-trac- 
inqs we have come to accept as commonplace on the Amiga. John, therefore, 
uses his Amiga and Impulse Software's Imagine ray tracing package to produce 

all pf his renderings. 

The Amiga 24-bit images, which he displays in their Amiga stage using the 
Harlequin card are then transferred as RGB files to the Paintbox for the addition 
of titles, backgrounds and perhaps the odd bit of retouching. The results are 
positively stunning. 




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Boosting the Amiga's graphics output 
to a resolution of 910 by 576 from a 
palette of 16.7 million colours, 24-bit 
add-on boards will form the next 
graphics enpbsion on the Amiga. All 
new graphics peripherals aim to pro- 
duce this standard, from the HanvE 
board's halfway house, to the 
delectable - and as yet NTSC-only - 
Video Toaster. 

The first commercially available 24- 
bit board in Britain, Harlequin, is rather 
expensive in terms of most Amiga 
peripherals. When you do a few quick 
sums, however, it rapidly becomes clear 
how cost-effective a Harlequin- 
equipped A20GO can be. 

The 8Mb ram A200Q used in 
tatchword'i filming was running a 
Harlequin card and GVP 3001 accelera- 
tor card, pulling images in from an 
80Mb hard drive. 

So although the setup is an expen- 
sive one from the average Amiga 
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If you're an A500 owner waiting to 
throw away the modulator, or per- 
haps the keener of an ageing 
1 0&4, a monitor upgrade may well be 
the easiest way to upgrade not onty the 
found but also the image. 

The 1 QB4-S is the stereo -alternative 
to its familiar menophonic predecessor. 
It's a rather strange quirk of fate that 
the ultimate stereo machine was 
launched with a mono monitor but 
thanks predominately to the 1084-s 
and the Philips CM8$33-IL stereo is 
hdw the rule rather than exception for 
most Amiga users. 

The choice between this particular 
duet will probably be a matter of aes- 
thetics rather than acoustics as both 
monitors are very similar in the audio 
department. 

The only minor point concerns the 
design of the CM8833H which has its 
speakers placed at a slightly negative 
angle, and as a result the sound tends 



Friends, Amigans, countrymen, lend 

me your ears! Explore the alternative 

sound of the Amiga with musical 

maestro Paul Austin 



to travel backwards. To compensate 

you have to crank up the volume a little 
more with the CM8833-1t than the 
10&4-5 to achieve the same effect. This 
won't be a problem for either you or 
the monitor but anyone sitting along- 
Side or behind you will probably wish 
they weren't. 

Hi-Fi format 

if the monitor isn't enough and mini 
speakers just don't make the necessary 
noise, the Hi-Fi could be the only 
option left. The first obstacle is to con- 



vince your friends and family that they 
actually want the theme tune to 
ternmings blasting out at 30 watts per 
channel. 

OK, if we assume you've talked them 
into it, the next step is to find a spare 
input on the back of your amplifier, For 
most people this shouldn't be a prob- 
lem as there's usually a spare Auk, 
tuner, or Tape input ready and waiting. 

if all your inputs are spoken for you 
could invest in a switch box which will 
share a single input between various 
sources. Those friendly folks at Tandy 
will be happy to supply you with a suit- 



able switch box but if you're particu- 
larly short on cash you could resort to 
using the mk inputs on your tape deck. 
This particular option, although 
cheaper, still requires two female 
phono-to-T/4in jack connecters. 

Armed with the above and a reason- 
able length of twin male-to-male 
phono cable you're ready to sneak the 
sound through the tape deck and out 
of the speakers. 

First, plug one end of your phono 
cable into the audio out sockets on the 
Amiga. Next, connect the jack plug 
converters to the phono cable and plug 
into the mie input sockets on your tape 
deck. To hear the output from the 
Amiga place a blank or unwanted tape 
into the deck and hit Pause and Record, 
but make sure the mic input level is set 
to zero. 

Now set the amplifier volume to 
approximately a third and slowly 
increase the volume on the mic inputs. 




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flooding through the speakers. 

Vou may need to adjust between the 
two to get the best mk and avoid dis- 
tortion but be careful and always 
remember to set the mic inputs to zero 
initially, the reason being that the out- 
put from the Amiga ij quite high and 
could damage the tape deck or speak- 
ers if it's let loose at full volume from 
the offset 



m Anyone sitting 
alongside or * 
behind you will 
probably wish they 
weren't ft 



The ZY-FI 



ZY-FI 



so, I doubt most people will ever reach 
maximum, 

I must admit that the ZY-FI doesn't 
seem to be the most sturdy system on 
the market - it ranks alongside 
Soundblaster in that particular depart- 
ment - but after several knocks my 
particular set of speakers seem per- 
fectly healthy, so I suppose appear- 
ances can be deceptive, 



ZY-FI 

Sound quality 




ZY-FI amp and ipeaker is the lat- 
est name to be heard in the world of 
amplification. It's essentially a simple 
system which consists of two units, 
one of which contains the built-in 
amplifier, volume control and off /on 
switch, and the other which holds the 
second set of twin speakers. 

It has no frills and added extras - 
just good quality sound at a very rea- 
sonable price. The speakers can be 
powered by either mains or battery 
but, as with all the systems, a mains 
adapter is supplied as standard, 

The single volume control means 
there's none of the fiddling around 
associated with some of the other sys- 
tems, but as s result you are stuck with 
a Straight SO/50 split between the 
speakers. 

The sound quality is easily on a par 
with Soundblaster although it doesn't 
match up for power, and if ypu like 
the noise level to be hovering around 
the unbearable, the ZY-FI option 
might be a touch underpowered. Even 



The Roland option 

If money is no object and you simply must have the best set Df mini speakers in the 
business, Roland's (VIA-12C micro monitors are hard to beat for both expense and 
performance. 

These chunky little units weigh in at an impressive 5.51b each, which is quite a feat 
considering they only stand 9in high. This rather disproportionate size-to-weight 
ratio is due to the incorporation of both speaker and amplifier within the same stylish 
unit. 

Because of the individual design the only real moan concerns the need for sepa- 
rate adjustment of each speaker, whether that be simple volume adjustment or the 
optional bass and treble controls, it's perhaps a small price to pay for the quality but 
having to fiddle with each speaker individually can be a pain. 

On the plus side, a pair of these little beauties would be more than happy han- 
dling all manner of inputs - whether they're generated from a computer, Hi-Fi, or 
instrument - and to emphasis the flexibility, three separate inputs are provided at the 
rear of each unit Because of these extra inputs there's no need to be constantly 



Price: 39.95 

Watts per channel: 5 

Available from: 

Evesham Micros on W> 7*5500 



Roland MA-12C 
Sound qualit 




Value for mone 
Overall 



Price £116 each 
Watts per channel: 1 2 

Available from: 
Roland on 0252 81 61 B I 



swapping; connections, but perhaps more 
importantly, all three inputs can be active 
at once, so you could have the Hi-Fi, a 
game and a Karaoke machine all blasting 
away at once if it takes your fancy. 

A headphone socket is the only feature 
missing, and to be honest it is a bit of a 
problem if you're the sort of person who 
likes the odd late night session on the 
machine. 

If it's sound quality you're after these 
are the ones to beat, but there are ■ few 
niggling points which no doubt restrict 
them in the main to serious Amiga-based 
musicians or wealthy enthusiasts. 



Soundblaster 

The Soundblaster system consists of a pair of three-way speakers and a 
central box which houses the volume controls speaker connections and 
the inputs for the headphones which, unlike all the other units in the sys- 
tem, are supplied. 

The speakers themselves come direct from the rear window of a car but 
look quite attractive - as long as you don't look too closely at the refer- 
ences to motoring which are still scrawled on them. 

The sound quality isn't bad, with only the occasional hiccup due to the 
over-enthusiastic amp which sometimes distorts the signal at high vol- 
umes. Having said that, it's unlikely you'll want to go to the limits of the 
system. It may not be Hi-Fi quality but it's certainly loud. 

Like the Roland MA-12C, volume is adjusted separately for each 
speaker. This is inconvenient but Is nothing compared to the controls 
themselves which rotate in the opposite direction to the norm. For exam- 
ple, if they're turned to the right the volume goes down and vice versa. 
Very strange. 

As for the headphones, it was pleasant to see some extras thrown In 
with the system. The headphones themselves are rather (heap and cheer- 
ful but work reasonably well. 

Unfortunately, the badly de-signed control unit let the system down 
once again, Let's say you decide to 
keep the noise down by using the 
headphones - you would first have 
to remove the speaker connections, 
otherwise the sound would blare 
Out of both the speakers and the 
headphones simultaneously. 

An automatic speaker cut-out 
isn't a tricky problem for the aver- 
age sparky, so why include one? 
Although the system looks reason- 
able and indeed has great potential 
given some redesign, It could be 
much better and at the moment 
it's being let down by a few silly 
design flaws. 



Soundblaster 

Sound quality 






Design 






Value for money 






Overall 


1 HLUI 





Price; £5195) 

watts per channel:S 

Available from: 

Siren Software on 061-724 75ft 




realistic alternati 




Tandy have long been one of the 

giants of High Street electncals and as 
a result are strong favourites in the 
area of computer amplification. Their 
most popular package to date is a 
combination of the Minimus 3.5 range 
of speakers and their tried and tested 
SA-150 integrated amplifier. 

Neither element is new to the mar- 
ket but they have become the ideal 
solution to many an Amiga's amplifica- 
tion problems. The amp has a wealth 
of features which include headphones, 
tone and balance controls and up to 
three inputs, plus an optional mono to 
stereo switch and a separate speaker 
in/out button. 

The rear of the unit boasts a com- 
plete range of input and output 
options that include lines for a tape, 
phono and tuner. My only criticism is 
of the horrendous 1370s styling which 
does its best to ruin what is an excel- 
lent little amp. 

The speakers, fortunately, are much 
more modern and pack a very consid- 
erable punch considering they're Dnly 
the width of a standard Amiga floppy. 
The sound produced by the union is 
only equalled by Roland's MA-T2C but 
as with most of Tandy's specialised 



hardware there's a fairly stiff pnee tag 
attached. 

Multiple input is a great strength 

and can really expand the flexibility of 
the system. For example, when the 
last alien has bitten the big one ■ sim- 
ple flick of i switch and you're over to 
some easy listening while you gel 
down to the serious stuff. 

The Tandy system isn't the cheap- 
est but it's by far the most flexible and 
if you want a little more than just extra 
volume it's the perfect choice - pro- 
vided you don't mind people laughing 
at the completely tasteless styling. 

Realistic SA150& 
Minimus 3.5s 
Sound quaiit 




Design 

Value for money 

■■■ 

Overall 



Price; Amplrer L1935 Speakers £29,90 

Warts per channel: Speakers 1 5 Amplifier 25 

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Perhaps the first need of an 
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creditors, and tying sales and purchase 
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makes creating budgets - cash flow 
forecasts - a far simpler matter since 
any "what if" queries, such as different 
price points, can be tested automati- 
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Spreadsheets can do far more than 
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databases, invoice generators and so 
on. If you have some idea of program- 
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accounting needs could be handled in 
i single accounts book. 

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From a fast growing, 

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investment of time to learn and operate 
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A good example of this type of prod- 
uct is the range produced by Pig it a. 
The programs are priced at around the 
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starting out. 

Cashbook Controller 

This is a full double entry accounting 
system which copes with all types of 
transactions over a chosen period to 
produce a triai balance. VAT, that bug- 
bear of business, is handled automati- 
cally and an audit trail helps to find out 
where postings have gone awry, 

Overall, the program performs as 
specified but there are several gripes 
about quality. For the non -accountant. 



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> setting up the system will be very much 
a matter of groping in the dark. No 
sample files are included on the disk so 
the new user has nothing to follow in 
setting up the system and tailoring it to 
suit- Due to the error trapping and self- 
balancing of the system, data entry can 
be frustrating at times but on the 
whole the program does what it is sup- 
posed to do - if not efficiently then at 
least competently. 

System 3 

For the business which holds a large 
number of items of stock and needs to 
keep tabs on levels and ordering, 
System 3 provides a control module 
together with an invoice generator and 
a smaller version of the Cashflow 
Controller program. 

All three sections can be integrated 
with each other, using the same data 
10 eliminating the need to enter several 
times over, This suite of programs is 
intended for the busineis which does 
not necessarily wish to computerise 
completely but would welcome having 
some of the drudge of administration 
taken away. 

An extended version of System 3 is 
also available which doubles the num- 
ber of customer accounts, up to 250, 
and stock items, up to 2000. 

Final Accounts 

Integrating with Cashhook Controller, 

this program takes the end of period 
figures stored there and translates them 
to form a profit and loss account and a 
balance sheet. A Budget facility allows 
comparatives to be shown in the bal- 
ance sheet notes with various ratios 
such as "acid test". 

DGCalc 

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have distinctly masochistic tendencies. 

Although I have used many spread- 
sheets over the years and expect a fairly 
steep learning curve when tackling a 

new package, this one had me grinding 
my teeth in frustration. 

Setting up a simple screenshol for 
this article took well over an hour due 
to poor instructions, clumsy screen lay- 
out and controls which had me hop- 
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the mouse and keyboard in utter 
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For the price you would be far better 
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ing labels, Although address labels are 
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New to this version of the program is 
the ability to integrate with other pro- 
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lines per label which can be searched 
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The program appears to work well 
but once again there is an appalling 
interface which Ignores the benefit of 
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Again, the price is far too high when 
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I first came across this package on the 
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A major drawback of the program is 
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Many of Digita's dedicated packages, 
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a diary /forward-planner. 

The program allows forthcoming 
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Various categories of message can be 
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|fs nice to see software which is 
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EType 

What can one say about a program 

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What is apparently required is the abil- 
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In the beginning is the word - well, 
not quite. Before finger is put to 
word processor, the desktop pub- 
lisher should consider a few issues. 

First it is important to have an ides 
of what you want to produce. Is it to be 
a catalogue, newsletter or pamphlet? 
The next consideration is why it is to be 
produced. Is It to increase sales, simply 
to convey information or just far the 
hell of it? 

And finally is it appropriate for DTP? 
That's heresy, surely, to suggest that 
DTP is not the only way, that there 
might be life left in the messy old-style 
jobbing typesetter yet? 

Vet it can be the better choice at 
times. There are certain applications for 
which DTP Is unsuitable, either because 
the cost of hardware and software is 
prohibitive to the user who needs it only 
occasionally - for instance, if you want 
to mask pictures through text It's better 
left to a conventional reprographics 
house - or because DTP software can't 
cope with unusual requirements such as 
foreign-language setting, unusual page 
shapes, and so on. 

For all that, in the run of the mill 
there's little that DTP can't cope with 
today. We're talking true DTP, desktop 
publishing, as apposed to the so-called 
"DTP" systems found at newspapers 
and large typesetters, which run into 
tens of thousands of pounds. 

And despite Apple Macintosh/IBM 
PC propaganda to the contrary, we're 
talking Amiga. 

First the words 

OK, so iust after the beginning is the 
word, and the DTP process really 
begins in the wordprocessor. The 
choice of wordprocessor, and the way 
you use it, can make the difference 
between a swift, easy DTP session and a 
nightmare of pointing and clicking. 

Is it compatible with the DTP soft- 
ware? All DTP packages can import tent 
in the Ascii (American Standard Cade 
for Information Interchange) format, 
but as quite a few schoolboys now 
know, Ascii text is just that: pure tent, 
without type styles, indents, and so on. 

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package which can cope with text in 
your wordprocessor's own native for- 
mat- For instance. WordPerfect is sup- 
ported by both Professional Page and 
PageStream, and ProWrite by the latter. 
If the compatibility is true, typo- 
graphic formatting applied in the word- 
processor will be carried over on to the 
DTP page- We haven't had a chance to 
test every possible combination of DTP 
software and wordprocessor, so take 
along a text disk to the shop if possible 
and have a go, 

Why not save a little cash and write 
straight on to the DTP page? There is 
only one advantage to this, which Is 
that you can see how close you are to 
ing the page. There is the possible 
saving too, but the vast majority of seri- 
ous Amiga users will have a wordpro- 
cessor already. 

The disadvantages, however, are 
legion. For a start word processors are 
designed to do just that, and their 
interface has writing rather than page 
design in mind, so you might as well 
use the appropriate tool for the job. 

Moreover, screen update in a word- 
processor is generally a lot quicker than 
in a DTP package, particularly If the lat- 
ter is making a laborious attempt at 
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!s What You Get on the page). There's 

little more irritating than having the 
natural flow of words ... interrupted ... 
while ... the ... processor ... tries ... to ... 
render ...fonts. 

There's also a security advantage. If 
text is typed straight into the DTP page 
and that file gets corrupted - or the 
text is accidentally deleted - all Is lost. 
Use a wordprocessor, and at least 
there's a backup, for in most kinds of 
publishing it's the writing, not the page 
layout, which takes the most time. 

All this assumes that the text is origi- 
nated on an Amiga. If it's coming from 
people with other models of computer 
you may need special software, such as 
IBM PC emulation, to read their files. In 
these cases you will normally end up 
with Ascii, although some wordprotes- 
sors use the same native file formats 
across different platforms. 

If the text is typedr it's worth consid- 
ering optical character recognition 
(OCR). An OCR system consists of a 
flatbed or handheld scanner and soft- 
ware. The scanner reads the typed text 
as an imagre, and the software tries to 
find letterforms in the image and turn 
them into a text fife. 

Early OCR systems had to be 
"taught" the characteristics of each 



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worth a thousand 
words although 
illustrators would 
hotly dispute that 
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reflect this ft 



typeface by being fed with a sample of 
its full character set but more modern 
software is intelligent OCR, which 
"knows" general principles about letter- 
forms, For instance, a straight vertical 
line with two closed arcs on the right is 
probably a capital B, 

OCR has not really taken off on the 
Amiga, and is a wasteful investment 
unless you're dealing with seriously 
large quantities of text However, it is 
provided as a service by many DTP 
bureaux. But it's still best to have your 
writers work on an Amiga: not only can 




lishing 
game 



they set some type specifications at 
writing time if the word processor is 

compatible 1 with the DTP software, but 
you avoid the single biggest cost of 
conventional typesetting, which is pay- 
ing some poof keyboard jockey to enter 
the text. 

Then the pictures 

They keep on telling us a picture is 
worth a thousand words, although 
most illustrators would hotly dispute 
thai their salary cheques reflect this. 
Some publications - those which are 
purely informational, such as price lists 
of telephone directories - can get away 
without pictures, but most will benefit, 
hom a few illustrations, whether they 
help to explain the copy or are merely 
there to break up otherwise 
monotonous pages of text. 

The bad news is that bringing illus- 
trations into a DTP system is always 
Jer than bringing in words. Given 
• you need pictures, there are three 
Options: scan 'em in, draw your own on 
the Amiga, or use clip art. In a few spe- 
ied types of publication, a frame- 
grabber can also be used to grab video 
x television images. 
Desktop scanning is an increasingly 



popular option, and has decreased 
steadily in price over the past three 
years, with the cheapest handheld 
scanners coming in at around £150- 

£200 - depending an whether you go 
for the manufacturer's recommended 
retail price or a cut-rate box- shifter, 
whether you can get the VAT back 
through an accounting dodge, and 
so on. 

Further up the scale come flatbed 
scanners, with which the artwork to be 
scanned is placed on a glass screen, a 
little like a photocopier. A decent 
monochrome Flatbed scanner should 
set you back around £1,000, with 
colour scanners costing more still. 

The advantage of the flatbed scan- 
ner is that it is quicker and more reli- 
able than messing around with a 
wobbly handheld, arid will often offer 
better resolution than the 3O0-4O0dpi 
found on most handhelds. On the 
down side, flatbeds are limited by their 
nature to scanning material below a 
particular size, usually about A4- 

Colour flatbed scanners can cost 
between £1 ,000-£2,000 and the earth, 
and remember that they cannot handle 
transparencies. Special transparency 
scanners are the province of profes- 
sional reprographics, and indeed with 



any kind of colour scanning it can be 
best to go to a bureau: colour is night- 
marishty complex to get right, a subject 
that makes page layout seem like 
child's play. 

Most DTP bureaux are oriented to 
the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC, but a 
few are sympathetic to Amiga users- 

There's a lot of fuss made about 
scanner resolution, but before buying 
one of these input devices consider 
your output devke. There is little point 
in scanning an image at l, 200dpi if it's 
going to be output on a 9-pin dot 
matrix printer - you're throwing away 
money and time, and creating huge 
image files in which most of the detail 
will be wasted. 

Keep it simple 

Creating pictures In an Amiga art pack- 
age is a far simpler, and cheaper, alter- 
native. One advantage here is that 
computer-created 

images, particularly 
when they're vector 
rather than bitmap- 
based, will make the 
best use of your 
printer. 

There is none of 
the compromise 
found in trying to 



Barnaby Page gives 

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pointers on what 

you need to set up 

your own desktop 

publishing empire 



recreate a continuous-tone scanned 
photograph in thousands of discrete 

dots. All output devices, even the top- 
end imagesetters used by colour maga- 
zines, are ultimately dot-based, it's just 
a question of how close together the 
dots are, creating the illusion of contin- 
uous tone. Amiga Computifig'i DTP 
Almanac column looked at this in a 
recent issue. 

As with wordprocessors, check file- 
format compatibility here. A good 



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DTP package will be able to import a 
wide range of image formats, including 
EPS [Encapsulated PostScript, IFF 
(Image File Format), IMC, PraDraw and 
SO on, but with cheaper DTP software 
you will occasionally find that certain 
attributes of the picture - graduated 
lints, for instance - are lust in the 
import process, 

The disadvantages of the computer- 
generated route are twofold. First, you 
have to know how to use the art pack- 
ages, which is rarely as easy as it 
sounds, or know a man who does, 
There's a danger that you'll end up 
spending a disproportionate amount of 
time trying to create a small diagram 
for page 19 rather than writing and 
designing the publication. 

The other problem is that computer- 
generated art always looks, well, sort of 
computer-generated. Curves that are 
too perfect, flesh tones that would be 
rejected by any butcher, tent around 
circles: these things are the giveaways. 

IF your publication is about the 
Amiga, pictures that are obviously com- 
puter-generated may be a good thing, 
but they're unlikely to go down so well 
in a newsletter for aficionados of 
medieval churches. 

Clip art - ready-made pictures on 
disk - solves the first problem and can 
often help with the second. Most clip 
art was created on the Amiga, although 
you do get a few scanned images, but 
if s often done by the very best artists, 
who know how to get realistic results 
out of the software when they want to. 
Most clip art is public domain and 
distributed by mall order, which means 
you don't pay much for it and can copy 
it from someone else's collection it you 
dice-. It's best to go for a clip art collec- 
tion dedicated to a particular subject - 
maps, anatomy, computing, whatever 
- as it's here that you're most likely to 
find the picture that's just right- 
Many of the more general packages 




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are geared toward wedding invitations, 
party invitations and the like - where 
are all these Amiga parties, we'd like to 
know? - and are frequently American- 
oriented, so you'll find plenty of Stars 
and Stripes but precious few Union 
lacks in them. 

And on to the page 

You have the words, you have the pic- 
tures; page design is where they come 
together and a publication is brought 
to life. It's also here, of course, that (he 
DTP package finally gets taken out of 
the box. 

For very simple jobs you might also 
consider PageSetter or even a high end 
wordpnfrcessor. The better ones can set 
type in multiple-columns, place rules, 
offer a wide range of text sizes and so 

on, 

And if you're seriously Into proving 
that the Amiga is the equal of the Apple 
Macintosh and IBM PC, it may be 
worth talking to Advent Desktop 
Publishing about 362 This is a heavy- 
weight publishing package with excel- 
lent typographic and colour features, 
which has already proved itself on the 




IBM PC and Unix platforms before mov- 
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course, require a heavyweight Amiga 
for proper use, 

Bui there are two main contenders 
In Amiga DTP: Professional Page (often 
called Pro Page), available from Cold 
Disk, and PageSlream from Soft-Lagik. 

DTP is, sadly, as Involved in the 
"spec wars" as any other area of soft- 
ware. For instance, there's an unhealthy 
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On to output 

The page is only as goad as its printing, 
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They will produce printer's film if 
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paper, at about 1200dpi for photo- 
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printing the publication larger than its 
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resolution ■ printed resolution/reduc- 
tion proportion). 

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and if the toner on both machines Is 
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almost as good as an original - it's a lot 
quicker too. 

Many DTP users overlook paper and 
binding, The choice of paper is largely 
an aesthetic one - do you want to look 
glossy, or down-to-earth? - but paper 
absorbency is also an issue, as very j 
absorbent paper may allow ink to 
spread slightly and spoil the definition 
of fine lines, On the other hand, on 
some glossy, non-absorbent materials 
the ink will smear in your hands, 

For the majority of users binding will 
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ples will move their effective position 
on the page as you get toward the cen- 
tre of the book, Try folding a few hun- 
dred pieces of paper inside each other. 

If you can afford it, ring binders or 
document holders from stationery 
shops are more elegant and reliable. 
And so binding, the last stage in the 
process, takes you right back to page 
design. 

The path to successful DTP is not a 
difficult one, but every stage affects 
every other, and you have to consider 
the end before you even start. It's a bit 
like the song: the writer connects to the 
wordpTOcessor, and the wordprocessor 
connects to the DTP software, and the 
DTF software connects to the typeface, 
and the typeface connects to the 
printer, and the printer connects to the 
binding, and the binding connects to 
the reader... who, after all, is the object 
of the exercise- 



Bamaby Page is editor of PrePress 
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paper DTP, He can be reached on ClX 
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It's rapidly 

becoming the 

Amiga buzzword 

for 1991. 

Paul Overaa 

unravels some of the 

mysteries of ARexx 

Many new Amiga programs 
are hitting the streets with 
an ARexx tag, or a note to 
the effect that because they support the 
language, they can communicate with 
other Aftexx-compatible programs, It's 
not too difficult to deduce that Afiexx 
must have some connection with inter- 
program communications but, in fact, 
these sort of remarks sell it short 
because it has far more potential than 
it is, believe it or not, a computer 
language in its own right, 

ARexx, has a lot going for it so, before 
talcing about the current communica- 
tions interest, it's worth spending some 

■ looking at the language itself. If 
nothing else, this will help to put some 
of the language's more unusual features 
•"Ho perspective, 

ARexx is an interpreted language 

■ '• supports a wide rjnge of high 
level operations. It includes sophisti- 
cated tracing and debugging facilities 
and contain; many other features of 
nterest. 

On the surface one might be for- 
o/ven for regarding an Aftexx program 
B being similar to Basic. Certainly the 
wige of high-level operations that are 
■aflable do bear same comparison with 
s*c, but a more detailed examination 





of the language reveals unique charac- 
teristics which clearly show that ARexx 
has other goals in mind. 

The use of ARexx falls into three rea- 
sonably distinct categories and these 
provide a convenient way to discuss the 
language. Firstly, because it provides 
easy links straight into Amiga DOS, it is 
both possible and profitable to use it as 
a command language. 

ARexx programs can be used to 
replace the type of facilities which might 
otherwise be implemented using the 
macro type executable script files which 
Amiga DOS Itseif provides. ARexx is, 
however, capable of considerably more 
versatility in this area and yet, because it 
is small, it is an easy language to learn. 

You create ARexx programs using ED 
or any similar text editor. This short 
example below asks the user for a pro- 



gram name and a device name, con- 
catenates the answers to build a particu- 
lar command string, and then transmits 
that string to the underlying Amiga DOS 
for additional processing: 

f* * iiiplt Hnx progru *.■' 

II y 'Plm* *nt« prg^rgi mil' 

pLi. I nj it 

uy 'Hitch d-vi :e en ,ou nub to search ' 

puLL irrttt 

nm = J IIMl: Finnic " dtritc ' ' nm 

iJdress toiiand nur 

If the user had entered "testprogram" 
and "DF1:" the final command trans- 
mitted to AmigaDOS would have been 
this: 

tM:f1ndi* IF1: toigrojrti 

All the usual types of statements for flow 
control loops, it-then-else, case selection 
etc are included and it also supports all 



ARexx is the Amiga version of the 
REXX programming language 
which was first described by a chap 
called M F Cowlishaw in a book 
called The REXX Programmi'na 
Language: A Practical Approach to 
Programming published by 
Prentice Hall in 1985. 

The Amiga implementation, 
which appeared around 1987, is by 
William S Hawes - the author of 
such programs as CanMan and 
WSheJl - and there is no doubt at all 
that he's done an excellent job* 

With Commodore effectively 
endorsing ARexx by bundling it 
with WofkifJench 2 on the A3DO0, it 
looks as though the language is set 
to further enhance the possibilities 
of a machine that even now is onry 
fust beginning to show its true 
potential. 



common string concatenation, arith- 
metic, logical and operand comparison 
operations, As well as supporting simple 
variables there are some interesting vari- 
ations on indexed array storage. 

ARexx is essentially "typeless* - vari- 
ables do not have to be declared as 
such because operands are regarded as 
strings which are validated by virtue of 
the context in which they are used. 

Its many sophisticated features will 
satisfy a second class of user - those 
who need, or would like to experiment 
with, a language capable of enhancing 
an already powerful multi-tasking oper- 
ating system. It can provide a pro- 
grammable interface, a potential 
prototyping tool, and a powerful set of 
high-level functions which can be used 
to create fully-fledged, independent, 
Aftexx-based applications programs. 

Highly specialized 

The language supports the creation of 
procedures functions with their own 
symbol tables - in other words, their 
own local variables - but at the same 
time it allows selected areas of the call- 
ing routine's symbol table to be 
exposed. Thus it allows selected vari- 
ables from the calling routine to 
become accessible to the function being 
called. 

ARexx functions may be part of an 
ARexx program, part of a shared library, 
or even a separate program. It includes 
mechanisms which allow string expres- 
sions to be parsed, and by using a tem- 
plate control it is possible to extract 
selected sub-strings and assign them to 
chosen variables, ft supports recursion 
and even offers "on the fly" expression 
analysis via an Interpret instruction 
enabling an ARexx program to eva luate 
ARexx expressions dynamically. 

Despite the fact that it is well suited 






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for such purpose*, the current interest in 
the language is not the result of its use- 
fulness as a replacement command lan- 
guage. It stems from the fact that it 
provides built-in mechanisms be support 
inter-program communications - that is, 
it allows one program to exchange 
information with another. It is this third 
area of potential use which is causing 
the current excitement within the 
Amiga world. 

Believe it or not a whole syntactic 
class is reserved for ARexx program 
statements which have no meaning to 
ARexx itself. When it finds such a state- 
ment it classes it as a command and 
assumes it Is intended for another appli- 
cation. Such commands are transmitted 
via a special command interface to an 
external application that has previously 
announced its ability to receive such 
commands. 

The application will interpret the 
command, perform the required opera- 
tion, and then transmit a message back 
to the original program which enables it 
to determine whether or not the func- 
tion was performed successfully. On the 
Amiga, all of this is achieved with the 
help of the underlying multi-tasking 
Exec message passing system. 

The global communications and 
resource manager which ARexx uses is 
called the resident process and this 
must be active before any ARexx pro- 
gram or communications facilities can 
be used. Those of you lucky enough to 
have the A3000 with WorkBench 2 will 
doubtless have already seen the 
rexxmast command in the startup 
script. Among other things, this pro- 
gram sets up the REKX message port 
through which programs can communi- 
cate. 

Most programs which support ARexx 
communications will look tor the tell- 
tale presence of a public REXX port and, 
if If s not found, they'll usually start up 
the resident process themselves. Of 
course you don't need an A3000 to ran 
ARexx but, until WorkBench 2 becomes 
generally available on the A5OQ/A20OD 
machines and the like, nan-A30uQ users 
will definitely need to buy ARexx as a 
separate package. 

This is not a bad idea anyway, even 



for A30O0 users, because at present they 
still only get the ARexx core material: 
the rexxmast program, run time 
libraries, and a cut-down version of the 
original documentation. By buying 
ARexx separately you'll get the worts: 
full ARexx documentation, all of the 
supporting header files, run time and 
I ink- time libraries, utilities, and lots of 
example programs. 

Communications 

How does all of this communications 
stuff work in practice? Here's an exam- 
ple which should make things clear. 
Bars k Pipes Professional includes an 
ARexx accessory program which 
receives commands addressed to 
"Bars&Pipes ARexx". 

A range of commands have been 
Implemented. LOCATE SMPTE 
hour.minute. second. frame, for instance, 
will set the sequencer to a specific 
SMPTE position. LOCATE CLOCK midi- 
ctods w»ll do a similar "location" thing 
with a time point specified in Midi time 
clocks. 

Don't get confused here, The com- 
mands I've just mentioned are NOT part 
of the ARexx language - the program- 
mers of the Ban & Pipes package itself, 
Blue Ribbon Soundworks in this case, 
designed this part of the interface, ie 
they worked out the format of the com- 
mands which Ban h Pipes was going to 
recognize and did the necessary pro- 
gramming. 

All you, the user, have to do is make 
sure that the commands which you 
send to Bars & Pipes fit the syntax 
which &lue Ribbon Soundworks have 
chosen to implement! The clever thing 
about all this Is that these Bars & Pipes 
messages can be sent by almost any 
program which supports ARexx, includ- 
ing the ARexx interpreter. 

Let's suppose you've got another 
ARexx-compatible program running, say 
Superbase Professional, and you want it 
to control the Bars & Pipes program. 
Superbase's DML language has an 
extended ARexx CAL command which 
looks like this: CALL port EXECUTE 
string-expression. 

Again these syntax extensions are 
nothing to do with the language itself. 



Other goodies 

In addition to launching programs and controlling the communications facilities 
the resident process acts as a general resources and housekeeping manager. One 
example of a resource that the resident process controls Is the Global Tracing 

Console. 

ARexx allows a separate trace console to be opened which deals only with the 
tracing/debugging information - thus preventing the problem of tracing I/O 
being interleaved with normal program I/O. 

If all this were not enough, the package includes developers' Information for 
the design and implementation of ARexx interfaces and includes both details of 
the support functions present in the system libraries and of the necessary include 
files, all of which are available on disk as part of the standard ARexx package, 



In this case they are Superbase's part of 
the program - program interface and 

you need to follow the syntax for these 
commands in just the same way that 
you'd follow the syntax for any other 
DML command. 

If, for instance, you wanted a 
Superbase DML program to transmit a 
SMPTE position command to Bars & 
Pipes so that the sequencer relocated to 
position hours, 1 minute, 21 seconds, 
12th frame you would write the DML 
instruction as CALL "Bars&Pipes ARexx" 
EXECUTE "LOCATE SMPTE 0.1 .2 3.12" 
To start Bars & Pipes from Superbase 
you might use the instruction CALL 
"Bars&Pipes ARexx" EXECUTE "START", 

Using ARexx with two large pro- 
grams like Superbase Professional and 
Bars & Pipes Professional is rather wish- 
ful thinking for most people - unless 
you've got more megabytes than you 
know what to do with - but of course 
the general principles are roughly the 
same for all ARexx-compatible pro- 
grams. What should be obvious from 



the above distussion is this: the average 
user, as far as the communications side 
is concerned, is mainly involved with 
learning about the applications program 
ARexx syntax, not about the ARexx lan- 
guage itself. 

This raises another point worth 
remembering: the command formats, 
and the flexibility of any particular pack- 
age - in terms of what it can and can- 
not do ARexx-wise - is primarily due to 
how the applications program ends of 
the ARexx links have been programmed. 

At the end of the day, successful 
inter-program ARexx links are as much 
to do with the applications programs as 
they are to do with ARexx itself, 

What it does, however, is provide the 
standardized framework which allows 
individual programs to weave their own 
particular communications magic. 

I 1 

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contact The Amiga Centre Scotland. Tel: 
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Last Words 



implications of having a standardised programmable interface available 
for the Amiga are far-reaching, In theory at least It means that all software 
products which support the ARexx Interface are able to talk to each other and 
exchange Information, 

The dose adherence to the original Rexx language will hopefully mean the 
Interface will not be restricted to Amiga products but could conceivably open 
other doors for the Amiga user - mainframe links and so on. The potential 
usefulness of the ARexx interface depends to a large extent, of course, on 
whether software houses adopt the ARexx option but the current signs are 
encouraging. 

AmlgaTex (Radical Eye Software), TxEd-Plus (Microsmlths), Cygnus Ed, 
C.A.P.E.6BK (Inovatroniei) MlcroFlche Filer Plus and, of course, W Shell 
[William S Hawes) were some of the first packages to support ARexx. Precision 
Software were also quick off the mark in providing ARexx facilities with the 
release of Superbase Professional 3. 

The Superbase facilities are Included as part of the database management 
language DML and, as we've seen, they provide ARexx communications from 
within DM 1 applications programs, There are plenty of other examples Includ- 
ing the Lattice/SAS L5E editor. 

The Bars 6 Pipes Professional sequencer package mentioned earlier Is a 
very recent ARexx-compatible arrival and there is also a growing collection of 
public domain ARexx software beginning to appear. More and more software 
houses are promising ARexx support and Commodore seem to be actively 
encouraging this trend. 

Now, when companies like Lattice/SAS start giving their vote of confidence 
to ARexx. others tend to be only too happy to follow suit The end result of 
this interest is that the ARexx snowball Is definitely rolling and it's unlikely to 
stopl The package is supplied on a single disk together with a well produced 
manual. The content of the manual is excellent but, although it contains a 
suitably gende introduction to the language, I should mention that later chap- 
ters deal in detail with the type of material that is really only of interest to the 
more advanced user- 
Don 't forget that if you are into C or 6&K Assembler programming then 
you'll be able to do something that is beyond the average user - write your 
own ARexx controller Interfaces, 

If you are in that league and want to take that kind of serious look at the 
ARexx language then, whether you've graduated to an A10O0 or not, you'll 
really appreciate the thoroughness of the documentation The package has 
the capabilities, the presentation and the feel of products costing substantially 
more. All the indications are that ARexx will become accepted in just the same 
way as say the IFF standard has been. My advice, especially If you have a seri 
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Paul Overaa explains some programming 
snags - peculiar to various languages - that 
Amiga users can get hung up on 



i earning how to program the Amiga 
involves far more than just learning a 

■i suitable language. But you have to start 
somewhere and, having said that, a few words 
about the three main languages available to 
the Amiga user are still in order. 



The Basic language 

To a large extent, Basic has always 
been considered a beginners' lan- 
guage - which Isn't loo surprising 
because that is exactly what it was 
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developed by Professors John 
Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz at 
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Npw Basic may have started out 
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meant that many earlier criticisms of 
the language are no longer valid. 



Unfotunately, there are still many 
areas where Bask can be criticised 
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or statements which make up a 
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Criticism 

Today you can get Basic compilers - 
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tion process in advance, thereby 
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overhead. 

This makes it possible to get the 
best of both worlds: the program- 
mer can use the interpreter based 
version to obtain a rapid 
code/run/edit/re-run cycle time dur- 
ing development, and when the 
program is complete, the compiler 
can be used to produce the final 
version. 

The real criticisms of the lan- 
guage stem not so much from faults 
in the things that Basic does offer, 
but from the fact that there are 
advanced features found in other 
languages that are not found in 
Basic. 

It lacks easy modular/library rou- 
tine facilities and is unable, in gen- 
eral to support things tike recursion, 
complex variables, and multiple 
indirection, 

Basic remains one of the best lan- 
guages to learn first. Having said 
that, there will, if you are seriously 
interested in programming, come a 
time when you will wish to move on 
to richer pastures. 




The C language 



You only have to pick up an offi- 
cial Amiga reference manual to 
see how important C is to the 
Amiga programmer. 

This is because large amounts of 
the Amiga's operating system soft- 
ware was written using C and this 
dependence has spilled over to 
the technical documentation. 

Why was t chosen? The under- 
lying reason is simple. C Is an 
absolutely brilliant language. 

It is small and so is relatively 
easy to learn, It is a compiled lan- 
guage which produces fast run- 
ning code and is well suited to 
modular - stage- by- stage - devel- 
opment because ft supports the 
separate compilation of individual 
modules. 

C offers facilities for using com- 
plex variables called structures, 
which provide a powerful way of 
grouping and accessing sets of 
related items as a single unit. 

It also supports recursion and 
has absolutely incredible multi- 
level indirection pointer facilities. 

Programs written in C can be 
very portable, which means that 



they are easily moved from one 
machine/operating-system to 
another. That said, fust because 
you write 1 a program using C as 
the language it does not mean 
necessarily that the program will 
be portable. 

To write portable C code you 
need to take a lot of care to min- 
imise the use of and isolate the 
areas of a program which may be 
machine/OS dependent. 

C, on the Amiga at least, Is 
unfortunately quite an expensive 
language but having said that the 
two major C compilers for the 
Amiga really do offer excellent 
value for money. 

Lattice/5 AS is a superb package 
and Manx's Aztec C is another 
offering that is generally very well 
thought of. 

With both of these commercial 
offerings you get far more than 
Just a compiler, you get a com- 
plete programming environment 
which includes a compiler, editor, 
assembler, debugger, large 
libraries of prewritten routines, 



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Recently a public domain C com 
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Public domain C compilers are few 
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news to a great many people. 

The compiler was written by 
Steve Hawtin and it has been 
Steve who is largely responsible 
for putting a "complete C envi- 
ronment" together on a single 
disk. 

To create NorthC, disk offerings 
from many other people have 
been used. There is the A68k 
assembler from Charlie Gibbs 
which Is based on Brian R 
Anderson's 68000 cross-assembler 
(published In Dr. Pobb's |ournal, 
April through June 1986). 

A68k produces Amiga DOS -for- 
mat object modules and Includes 
many enhancements such as 
macros and INCLUDE file support. 

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Alink. However, Blink is so good 
that Lattkej'SAS themselves now 
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age. 

The programming team respon- 
sible for it are The Software 
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have been significantly involved 
with Blink include Dave Baker, Ed 
Burnett?, Stan Chow, Jay 
Oenebeim, Gordon Keener, Jack 
Rouse, |ohn Toebes and Doug 
Walker 

Because the NorthC disk Is a 
public domain offering it is likely 
that its contents, in terms of 
examples and additional notes 
etc, may vary from source to 
so u r c e 

The main tools, namely the 
compiler, assembler and linker 
will always be there. So will the 
libraries and include files. 

One thing that you probably 
won't get on the disk is a text edi- 
tor This is because the Amiga is 
supplied with two perfectly ade- 
quate editors, 

Ed, which you can find in the C 
directory of the WorkBench disk, 
and Memacs which you can find 
on the 1.1 Extras disk are per- 
fectly adequate for the tasks likely 
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68000 Assembly language 



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Everybody seems to think that 
assembly languages are difficult 
to learn. This simply Is not true - 
the instruction sets of most pro- 
cessors, even powerful ones like 
the 68000 used in the Amiga, are 
quite limited and there Is nothing 
inherently complex about the 
operations involved. 

Each instruction carries out 
some elementary task, perhaps 
adding two values together or 
copying the contents of one mem- 
ory location to another. 

The problems arise when you 
try to work out how to combine 
thousands of these elementary 
instructions into a program which 
does a- particular job. it Is a task 
which is prone to error and., by Its 
very nature, tends to be time-con- 
suming. 

Assembly language program- 
ming needs attention to detail 
and the programmer must have 
the ability to break down a pro- 
gramming problem Into more eas- 
ily managed sections so that any 
difficult coding problems can be 
solved on a piece-by-piece basis. 

So what are the benefits? Firstly 
you'll be able to make your pro- 
grams run at the ultimate speed. 
Secondly, you will get a gut feel- 



ing for what computing is all 
about at the nuts and bolts level. 
That Is something which will help 
you to understand much more 
about high-level languages and 
the problems which they have had 
to address. 

Assembly language program- 
ming on the Amiga adds another 
dimension - the complexity of the 
operating system itself. 

Before you can comfortably 
write Assembler code to do a par- 
ticular job Its necessary to know 
enough about the operating sys- 
tem and its library code system 
call arrangements to work out 
what your Assembler code should 
be doing- 
Learning about these Amiga 
facilities alone Is a massive chal- 
lenge simply because there is so 
much to understand. There is no 
easy road, you just have to sit 
down and work hard at It. 

Don't get disheartened, we 
have all found the Amiga a long 
hard slog but take It from me, it 
does get easier after a while. 

If you persevere and manage to 
get through the first couple of 
years without giving up, the 
chances are that you will be home 
and dry I 




Last words 

A serious programmer coming into tine Amiga fold has three fun- 
d amenta I problems: 

• Understanding a suitable language. This really means becom- 
ing competent at C. Even if you were wishing to work with 
Assembler, or a language like Modula2, you would still need 
some undertanding of C In order to understand the Amiga's ref- 
erence manuals. 

• Coming to terms with the Amiga's facilities and its technical 
documentation. A frightening task for newcomers and those 
coming from the relatively simple 8-bit computer world. Old 
hands who have Unix experience will be far less troubled by 
either the technical issues or the mass of documentation. 

• Working out how to break programming problems down Into 
easily manageable pieces. Again, programmers who have 
acquired proficiency on other complex machines or business ori 
entated programming environments will be far better placed 
than the Amiga owner whose only experience has been a 
Commodore C64 or similar computer. 

What's the solution? Well, C as a language is not difficult to learn, 
so any problems in this area disappear relatively quickly. Any dif- 
ficult Amiga-orientated system topics that wtli eventually need to 
be understood can really be tackled on a "need to know" basis. 
|ust make a point of learning first about those aspects that seem 
to be essential to whatever project you Intend to get Involved 
with - leave other areas until later. 

Given a C compiler and the right Amiga documentation most 
competent programmers quickly come to terms with the Amiga. 
Newcomers do not! 

One of the major stumbling blocks for many wouid-be pro- 
grammers is that they have never been taught how to translate 
their ideas into forms which can be coded physically. These latter 
problems take us into the world of program design and there are 
superb techniques - tike the Warnier diagram - which help a lot. 
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The exploding hydrogen bal- 
loon, the sputtering potas- 
sium-in-water trick, and even 
the water-propelled rocket are old hat 
these days in Britain's school science 
classes. Computers and laser disk play- 
er* are the big attractions with children 
in the 90s, so what better way than 
with, a beckoning robot arm to tempt 
the little horrors back into the physics 
lab? 

The national curriculum places a 
great emphasis on the need to teach 
technology and the controi of technol- 
ogy, an attitude most clearly demon- 
strated by the early LOGOcon trolled 
turtles. This is easily extrapolated into 
the information technology content of 
other courses, and A-level subjects such 
as computer studies, so the uses lor a 
device such as the Alfred arm are about 
as varied as the teacher's needs. 

Armed and dangerous 

In essence, Alfred is a baby brother of 
the industrial Mars and R2QQO robots,, 
but he isn't just a toy. The arm is con- 
trolled via only six servo motors, hut 
the user has a surprising amount of 
control over movement. 

In control terms, each of the servos 
moves through a variety of arcs, from 
60 to 250 degrees, but they all divide 
this into 2S6 steps of equal size, This 
means that the gripper, for instance, 
(more often thought of as Alfred's 
"mouth"} is controllable through an arc 
of 60 degrees with a resulting range of 
0.23 degrees per step, but that the 
waist servo, running through ISO 
degrees, can only be positioned to the 
nearest!. 7 degrees. 

The result of such a wide range of 



sen- 
sitivities is that 
Alfred is of limited use in 
an industrial environment or one 
which calls for precise positioning, The 
gripper, although controlled by 
dynamic servo leedback, will only lift 
HO grams at a time, The feedback 
means that Alfred can lift an egg with- 
out crushing it, but don't expect it to 
shift a very heavy egg. 

With a robot as simple as Atfred, you 
would be forgiven for expecting the 
controlling software to be a bit on the 
primitive side, The Process Control soft- 
ware, however, is not only easy to use, 
but also otters complete control over 
the position of the arm within the limits 
of the servos. 

So that the user can get to grips with 
Alfred immediately, all six servos are 
controllable by clicking with the mouse 
on a set of sliders, and for fine tuning 
there are arrows which enable the user 
to position the siiofer at exactly the right 
part of their axis. With these, you can 
play around with Alfred to your heart's 
content, hut it's only once you begin to 
program movements that you realise 
his true potential- 

Bionic ballet 

Alfred's programming controls are sim- 
ple enough for anyone to grasp. All you 
have to da is click on the V sign in 
the bottom right-hand corner of the 
screen to insert, a new line of co-ordi- 
nates, then position the arm using the 
sliders as before. When you're satisfied, 
click to insert a new line, 

The user can thus quickly build up a 
very complex series of movements in a 



step-by-step way until Alfred Is 

programmed to carry out manoeu- 
vres resembling a bionic ballet. The 
Process Control software includes a sim- 
ple "Pick up and Drop" sequence, but 
any schoolchild should be able to pro- 
duce better results very quicklty. 

The main headache with control is 
the way Alfred's gripper works, it is 
controlled by two servos for left and 
right rotation of the "wrist" and one for 
closing the gripper. Unlike in some of 
the more complex industrial robots, 
there are no extra servos for a two-way 
grab or hinged "finger", but despite 
this the gripper actually grips quite 
welt. 

The problem is with positioning the 
head for gripping to take place. The 
two servos can be moved in steps as 
small as 0°3 degrees, but synchronis- 
ing them is a real pain until mastered. 
Plenty of practice is needed in this part 
of Alfred's operation. 

Alfred add-ons 

With the addition of a range of sensors 
on offer by Think Ltd, Alfred can be put 
to more practical uses, though most 
industrial tasks will be beyond him due 
to his light frame and flimsy grabber. 

In a laboratory environment or very 
light industrial workshop, however, the 
addition of the Rotary Table and 
Conveyor Belt transforms Alfred into a 
very useful and economical solution to 
a range of repetitive teste. 

His two "Octopus" ports give him 
access to these and a wide range of 
external hardware which can be 
directly controlled through the software 
using sliders in exactly the same way as 
his servos. Additional equipment - at 



additional cost - includes sensors for 
proximity, humidity, sound, tempera- 
ture, and a wide range of others, so 
with a bit of investment Alfred can 
become a versatile piece of equipment 

Conclusion 

If you're a science teacher or industrial 
training officer, the advantages of a sys- 
tem such as Alfred are obvious. He is 
fun to use, easy to operate, and with 
the additional hardware is a great deal 
more than a toy. 

Of limited practical use due to his 
light build and comparatively imprecise 
controls, Alfred could still render valu- 
able service in a lab or workshop, and is 
a guaranteed hit with schoolkids. He 
might be a bit of a strain on shrinking 
school budgets, but I'd write him glow- 
ing references for any prospective edu- 
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Guaranteed to raise groans 
and start arguments in the 
average household, or rag- 
ing fist fights at student meetings, sex- 
ism is one of those thorny topics that 
few seem eager to tackle. 

Unlike piracy, which has been 
thrashed to death in the computer 
press, sexism and other difficult sub- 
jects such as violence and racism, have 
been virtually ignored. Cynics could 
point to the fact that the software 
industry never lost money through 
sexist software, and offer this as an 
explanation of journalistic reticence. 

It's probably fairer - though just as 
cynical - to blame the lack of coverage 
on the controversial nature of the sub- 
ject, Most computer mags are, after 
all, consumer publications and gener- 
ally attack less controversial issues such 
as value-for-money and ease-of-use. 
The biggest problem when tackling 
issues such as this is the rapidity with 
which the argument can be confused. 

In order to keep things as clear as 
possible, therefore, the main points on 
both sides of the argument are 
roughed out below. 

Our first two articles on this topic, 
in the February and March issues, were 
aimed at provoking a response from 
those whose views will most affect the 
way the software companies react: the 
readers themselves. The following is a 
selection of what they had to say. 

Sauce for the goose... 

I read with interest Stevie Kennedy's 
comments on sexism in software, and 
the opinions put forward by F A Man in 
the June issue letters page and t would 
like to put forward my own opinion on 
advertising. I recently had the great mis- 
fortune to be watching teievition in the 
morning and a show allegedly entertain- 
ing the people o/ Britain with an 
American male ilrip outfit coiled The 
Chippendales, in this show, the female 
audience seemed to go into a frenzied 



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Stevie Kennedy investigates an 
alarming new trend in PD 




state as five men dropped their trousers 
and danced in a seductive manner. Now 
all this is aimed at women because they 
are the majority TV audience during 
daytime television. 

in computing, boys and men ore the 
majority audience, so it strikes me that it 
would be normal for men to use women 
to sell products. After all. This Morning 



FOR: It isn't as bad as all that! 

• The amount of sexist materia! in computer software and the computer 
press in general is negligible when compared to TV and videos. 

• There Is as much emphasis on semi-naked male figures in games such as 
Barbarian as there is on females. Women, therefore, aren't treated unfairly. 

• The sort of "pornography'' we find in software is all fairly harmless stuff, 
such as "naughty'' strip poker games, and is hardly offensive when com- 
pared to the excesses found In other media, 

AGAINST: Nip it in the bud! 

• The computer industry unlike, say, the car industry, is heavily orientated 
towards children Any sexist attitudes are therefore both more harmful and 
mm stereotype reinforcing 

• Sexism of any nature Is inherently a bad thing and should be resisted, 
especially in an industry in which ft has only recently become a probfem 

• Unlike videos and magaiines which are passive media, children are 
invited to take part in computer entertainment, especially in games soft- 
ware. It can thus be argued that computer software is particularly prone to 
passing on its prejudices 



104 



uses men fo sell advertising space just as 
the Milk Marketing board uses the 
sweaty body of a man to sell more milk. 
Mick Heyes, Nelson, Lancashire 

There are three points to make in reply 
to Mick's letter: 

• Sexism is sexhm no matter at which 
gender it Is aimed- 

• Most mate sexist stereotyping is in a 
form with which, arguably, mast 
men art actually comfortable. This 
is less true of female stereotypes. 

• The claim that "St would he normal 
for men to use women to sell prod- 
ucts" says it all. Why should we den- 
igrate any section of society jutt to 
boost sales? 

Puerile PD 

J am writing with regard to the debate 
on sexism in computing. S suspect that 
the main paint at issue is not simply sen- 
ism in computing, but sexism in the 
computing press, ft is a fact that sexism 
exists in almost every walk a! life, and as 
a society it is up to us how we teal it. 

Constant criticism and attacks from 
several sides are beginning to see the 
demise ol the top shelf full of dirty mogs 
in newsagents. If these attacks hod not 
taken place, then simply going to the 



newsagent could turn into a very embar- 
rassing experience for women or parents 
with children. 

This shows that there can be value in 
keeping issuei such as this out in rhf 
open, and t feel that sexism in the com- 
puter industry can thus be stopped in its 
infancy. 5exism is an almost 100 per 
cent male preserve and it is becoming 
quite common for Amiga magazines to 
feature programs showing iccrrpfffy-riod 
women, never men. 

I for one don't want to have to 
explain to my children why there are pic- 
lures of half-naked females in a maga- 
line they are reading tor games 
information. The only thing i as a reader 
can do about this is not buy the maga- 
zine in question, it is up to the publish- 
ers to stop this kind of stuff appearing. 

'Further, I (eel you must contra/ tfie 
content of your advertisements. These 
reached an all-time low in issue 37 with 
one particular PD iibrary's advertise- 
ment. Under a column headed "Over 
IS", there appeared disks titkd, among 
other things "Sick 'n Sexy" and "Homy 
Dog Anims". 

To me and, I suspect, the vast major- 
ity of your readers, this is offensive. 

Could you take it to your wife and/or 
children and say: "This is an example of 
the industry I work in"? Finally, thank 



you for bringing this debate into the 
open and onto your tetters page. Keep it 
going, and decency wit! prevail. 
fames Stephen*, Warrington, Cheshire 

• While we shouldn't be complacent 
about PD pornography, I can't say I 
share either your conviction that top 
ihetf magi are on their fast legs or 
that naked females ore becoming 
commonplace in the computer press. 



9 The advertisement to which you refer 
has already been altered, its 
appearance In the form it took was 
art oversight on the part of our pro- 
duction people and we apatogise for 
any offence it may have caused, 

* Sadly, you may not be at "foe 
Public" as you think, One PD library 
told us that about 60 per cent of 
dliks sold were from the adult col- 
lection and that most orders for 
other disks also contain an order far 
one or mare dubious disks. They 
haven't received a complaint from 
"foe Public" about the content of a 
diik in almost two years of trading. 

Outrageous 

From the high level of outrage which 
was necessary to prompt the CaJcutt 
committee's report on newspaper jeJf- 
regulation, and the years of protests 
from people who thought the tabloids 
were offensive and sexist, it would 
hardly be a prediction worthy of Old 
Moore if I were to say the computer 
publishing industry - software and 
magazines - is unlikely to respond 
quickly to the faint stirrings of public 
concern we see in the sexism debate- 
Other signs, however, are more 
encouraging. The vast majority of soft- 
ware houses are responsible bodies, 
and few have blatantly flaunted nor- 
mal standards of taste. 

As any software publisher would tell 
you, it's not in their interests to offend 
the buying public, so where a real 
threat of offence is perceived, the 
industry already regulates itself quite 
well. 

The real danger lies in the increas- 
ing number of obscene PD demos and 
the marginal software publishers out 
to comer the pervo market in a new 
medium, 

If these people refuse to clean up 
their act, it's only a matter of time 
before the Obscene Publications Act is 
wielded, mace-like, on our industry, 
and that will be a sad day for everyone 
connected with microcomputers. 



Obscene publications 



The law 



Section 1 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959 states that a 
publication is obscene if It is considered "likely to corrupt or 
deprave'' and it is up to the court to decide which publications 
fall foul of the distinction. 

We spoke to Detective Superintendent Hames of New 
Scotland Yard's Obscene Publications Squad who confirmed 
that the police- are "concerned about the growth in the amount 
of pornography on computer disks... especially as it's so cheap 
and available to children". The squad, he told us, had so far not 
made any seizures in this newest area, but that they "will be 
taking action soon". 

Under the provisions of the 1959 Act's sections two and 
three, the police have extensive powers of search and seizure, 
but as Mr Hames said 'the problem is that juries often have dif- 
ferent ideas on what is obscene", The PD demos causing most 
concern will, we are confident, leave little room for doubt. 



To most people, public domain software 
is a cheap alternative to commercial 
software which is as much as 30 times 
more expensive. Thousands of com- 
putet users have for years been enjoying 
the benefits of utilities such as SID and 
Powerpacker, and games like Missile 
Command or Tripppin, 

All these programs have appeared on 
our coverdisks at one time or another, 
There is a lector of the public domain 
which will never contribute to magazine 
coverdisks, however, and that is the 
growing area of pornographic disks 
available through almost any PD library 
you care bo name. 

Thin end of the wedge 

In the early days of PD, it wasn't surpris- 
ing to note the appearance of disks full 
of nude photographs either scanned 
from men's magazines or digitised using 
the growing number of Amiga video 
peripherals. The technology available 
made it easy to transfer photographic 
images to computer disks, and it would 
have been unrealistic to expect the 
voyeurs not to take advantage of the 
new medium. 

Such "slideshow" disks, although 
offensive and tasteless, are mostly of a 
similar nature to the sort of magazines 
one could find on 
the top shelf ol any 
local newsagent 
and, as such, are 
not illegal . 

Of more con- 
cern is the effort- 
less availability of 
such material. This 
can be differenti- 
ated from the tradi- 
tional porn scene in 
three ways: 

* By sending a 
postal order and a 
letter declaring 
themselves to be 
over 18, a child of 
any age can pur- 
chase such a disk 

from an ordinary PD library. 
« The PD libraries selling the disks adver- 
tise in magazines aimed specifically at 
young audiences. Children do not have 
to purchase men's magazines to find 
out where the disks can be obtained. 

• Every computer-owning child has the 
equipment to display and duplicate a 
PD disk full ol pornographic material in 
less than three minutes. Unlike videos 
and magazines, there's no need to pass 
it around - a group of friends can each 
have his or her own copy. 

These factors mean that any excur- 
sion Into PD by the sort of pom mer- 
chants who did so much to sully the 



9 The odds are 
that obscene 
animations can 
be found in 
thousands of 
under-aged 
computer users' 
disk boxes 



fledgling video industry's image would 
be potentially much more damaging in 
our own industry. An analogous situa- 
tion would be where the fceano was 
published containing page three models 
and page seven fellas. 

Over the past year or so the PD pom 
situation has gone from bad to down- 
right revolting, With the appearance of 
more and more obscene material, still 
images have begun to give way to an 
increasing number of animations, mast 
of which leave little room for the imagi- 
nation and absolutely none for decency. 
While some of these continue to 
boast little more pornographic content 
than the average 1 8 certificate movie - 
which is bad enough when made avail- 
able to 13-year-olds - a large number of 
them can only be described as hard 
core. And there are many which would 
make even the most broad-minded 
adult blanch, 

Animations taken from adult videos 
and triple-X-rated films are digitised in 
what is technically a high quality com- 
puter "video" lasting anything up to 30 
seconds. The results, often involving ani- 
mals and violence in the most blatantly 
sexual context, are gratuitously 
obscene. 

An adult disk might typically contain 
three such animations taken from similar 
sources, any of which 
could be played back 
on a standard or one 
meg Amiga S00 - the 
sort of machine 
owned by hundreds 
of thousands of chil- 
dren and teenagers. 
One animation sent 
to us was called 
"Lassie Cum Home*, 
and we found it 
impossible for reasons 
of taste to include 
screen grabs. The title 
should give you some 
idea of the content. 

Such animations 
are on offer right now 
to users of all ages. 
The majority of our readers who have 
purchased disks from a PD library will 
have received a catalogue containing, 
among other things, an adult list or an 
advertisement stating that one exists. By 
the law of averages, many of these peo- 
ple will be under the age of 1 8. 

If, as some public domain libraries 
would have us believe, almost 60 per 
cent of the disks they sell are from the 
aduil list, the odds are that obscene ani- 
mations can be found In thousands of 
under-aged computer users's disk 
boxes. Perhaps in your son or daugh- 
ter's collection of seemingly innocuous 
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I recently tried the coverdisk from your May issue 
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I keep getting a requestor which tells me "You 
need Powerpaeker.library V3J+", and the program 
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find it? 

P Ft Houghton, Stockport 

From your letter, it's obvious you have copied 
PPType frgm the coverdisk to another disk, and 
failed to Include the accompanying file, power- 
paeker.library, from the coverdrfsk's LIBS direc 
tory. 

Many programs use custom library routines, 
and If copied to a disk wtiich does not contain 
the library, they will not work. 

Likewise, tf you boot off a standard 
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coverdisk from an external drive, you will have 
the same problem. 

Basically, AmigaDOS looks In the LIBS direc- 
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booted to find system files such as libraries and 
device handlers. 

Use the Copy command to copy the power- 
paeker.library from the coverdlsk to the disk 
from which you normally worh, and PPType 
should work fine. 

Memory meter 

I am 64 years nW and enjoy strategy games, sport 
games, and chess which I play on my 1 Mb ASOO. 1 
know very little about computers, so the other day 
I decided to experiment. 

I took a Workbench disk, clicked on everything, 
copied, moved, deleted, and generally had a great 
lime with it. 

When I finished I went back to playing my 
games with no problem. 

Three days ago, however, when I tried to load 
one of my 1Mb games, the Amiga said "Not 
enough memory". I tried another "1Mb game and it 
said "Not enough chip memory". 

I have played both games a number of times 
with no trouble, so I have obviously done some- 
thing wrong while playing about. 

I was led to believe that I couldn't do any dam- 
age to the computer itself by experimenting, only 
to the disk. 

The fault cannot be with the expansion board, 



* Co % 







Printer out of puff? 

Computer cracking up? 

We're here to help! 

Write to Amiga Computing, 

Europe House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP 



as, the memory meter at the top of the screen reads 
well over &00, 000 bytes. 

The memory still seems to be there, but could 
the problem be from my messing about with 
fastMemFirst or MergeMem? I thought everything 
reverted to default settings when the computer 
was turned off. 

Bruce Wilson, South West Denton 

The problem won't be with Fast Mem First, nof 
does It appear to be in your hardware. The 
800,000+ bytes you describe is the usual amount 
of memory left once Workbench has loaded on 
a 1Mb machine, so the ram expansion seems to 
be working fine. 
If you are attempting to run a 1Mb game 





n a musical note.*. 



I've had my Amiga for four months and I'm pleased with the results apart from in one aspect. My 
friend has had his Amiga for approximately three yearj and has a small studio dedicated to music 
linked with the Amiga. 

His setup consists of a Korg Ml, two Yamaha EMT 10 sound modules, and an effects generator all 
linked to an Amiga running Music-X. Both he and I have the same problem - we need sequencer soft- 
ware with a traditional notator either in the package or in a compatible program. We have tried 
DMCS, but this is slow and inconvenient to use, 

At school we use an Atari ST with Cubase, C-Lab, and Pro-24, 1 use these programs a lot and from 

what I've seen, the ST is superior for music software. I love the Amiga and would like nothing better 

than to see more capable software for this brilliant machine. 

Chris Cooper, Rawtenstall 



The 



„ only package I can think of is the KCS Or T'i music software, which more often than not Is sup- 
plied with Copyist software as a bundle. You can use this to compose a piece, then save it out and 
port St straight into DrT's for sequencing and tweaking. Chech our ads for suppliers. 



110 




0m?ryou have already booted from Workbench, 
and not from the game disk itself, the Amiga 
will have less memory to play around with. 

Try turning off the machine, then re-booting 
from the game disk. 

Make sure you don't have any peripherals 
such as printers or extra drives attached, as 
these also take up a small amount of memory 
for caches and so on. 

If you do all this, the game should have the 
maximum amount of memory in which to run, 
and should do so with no problem. 

Copy beginner 

I am a recent purchaser of an A5D0, and a convert 
to your magazine. Both I and my son find particu- 
lar enjoyment in the coverdisk, but we wish to 
extract individual programs from the disk and put 
them on new blank disks, and I'm afraid we don't 
have the knowledge to do this. 

I know that in your magazine you say I should 
ensure "PPmore is in the current disk's C: direc- 
tory 47 , but as a complete beginner I'm unsure 
exactly what you 'mean and how to go about it. 

Would it be possible to supply a step-by-step 
guide to copying individual programs from your 
disks to a blank disk? 

Name and address supplied 

The process of copying from one disk to 
another can be confusing, especially if you're a 
beginner and only have one disk drive. How 
many times have you had the "Please replace 
volume such-and-such in DFG:" requester? 

The best way, If you don't have a copy of SID, 
whkh is on our Workstation disk, is to copy 
everything you need into RAM:, then change 



disks and copy it all to the new disk. The series 
of commands to do jo for PPmor* would look 
like the following: 

CD ti 

wi an tj m-. 
cot to to m-. 

CflFT FTOBE T4 MR: 
CD DM: 

Now eject the eoverdisk, insert the blank disk 
and type: 

cJPi PPHOBE to OFO: 

The file will copy across with ease. If you now 
want to go back to using the eoverdisk, replace 
IHn DFO: and type 

c; DFO: 
DELETE Ml:f) 

The last command will free up your precious 
memory. 

To copy a large number of individual files, 
just copy them all to RAM: as in the second 
step, then to the blank disk in one go. The com- 
mand to do this is 

(DPT $1 to HO: 
when In the HAM: directory. 



Bags of kit! 

I have a 1Mb Amiga 500 which I use on a |v"C TV, 
and a Mannesman Tally printer, | want to know, 
however, if it's possible lor me to use some of the 
equipment my father has tying around. 

There's a Howtek Pisejmaster printer and 
Scanmaster scanner, a Barco CDCT model 635 1 B 
monitor, an Everex 386 PC, and a free-standing 
"thing" with a sticker on it that reads 
"Zero/Electronic Solutions Info Processing Equipment 
Series 7DM systems enclosure". We don't know what 
the series 7DM thing is. Any ideas? 

I assume the Pixelmasler printer will work with my 
Amiga as there is a printer driver for it on the Extras 
disk, but is there any way I couid use the flat-bed 
scannerwithDPaintlll? 

What kind of conector would I need to connect 
my Amiga to the CDCT monitor? Would that be a 
waste of time? 

I can't see much use for the Evere* system. Can 
you7 

Roy Sharp, Liverpool 

Vour main problem seems to be the ownership 
of a surfeit of high spec equipment. If only we 
had such problems! 

first the good news, The printer will work 
fine with the Amiga as long as you select the 
correct printer driver from the Extras disk. The 
monitor, too, will work, but not as easily. 

The model 6151B can sync from ISKHi to 
33KHz, so it will accept both the standard 
Amiga video signal {IS.SKHz) and that output 
by flicker fixers (31 KHz). To take advantage of 
what is an excellent monitor, you will need an 
Amiga-to-BhiC connector as the monitor accepts 
analogue RGB. 

If you wish to make use of the best Amiga 
display mode, and feel up to forking out for a 
Mkroway flicker fixer, recently price-cut to 
£125, you can enjoy a rock steady interlaced' dis- 
play without the need to pay extra for a VGA or 
Multisync monitor. The bad news is that there's 



no way, short of buying an A2000 and PC 
bridgeboard, to use the scanner In question 
with an Amiga. Teckex (062B 777800).. the UK 
distributor for Howtek, produce interface Wts to 
connect the Scanmaster to PCs and Macs, but 
not Amigas. 

This means you'd have to use an A2O0O, 
which has two PC-compatible slots. The first 
would hold a PC bridgeboard, and the second 
the scanner controller card. 

Your best bet would be to hook the scanner 
up to the 386PC, then port the images into the 
Amiga using CrossOQS or Dos-2-Dqs, finally 
converting them into Amiga IFF format using 
AS DC i Art Department Professional software. 

We don't know what the System 7DM 
'"thing" is either, but it sounds like a tower cas- 
ing or systems box for a PC. 

Finally, if you don't know what to do with the 
Everex 386, then you're wasting a powerful 
computer and 1 would advise you send it to me 
in the post immediately! 



Cobol capers 



I write with reference to Neil Mansell's letter on a 
possible Amiga Cobol compiler in the July issue, 

I too had the same problem of trying to find an 
Amiga Cobol compiler, and with no luck. 

The only solution I could think of was to buy the 
Transformer PC emulator and use a PC Cobol com- 



piler, of which there are many. This does the 
pb, albeit slowly, of compiling Cobol source cade. 
Using an Amiga wordprocessor to produce 
Ascii source code, I transferred the files to PC disk 
using the PD program CrossDOS and compiled 
from there. Alternatively, you could use a PC word- 
processor or text editor running under 
Transformer. 

I don't know how the Transformer will cope 
with large programs to compile, as I have only 
tried it with small ones as yet. 

Good luck with the exam, Neil! Finally, thanks 
to Amiga Computing for the extra 60 square cen- 
timetres and for being the best. 

Lee Sooth, Bolton 

There you go, Neil. So far I still haven't heard of 
an Amiga Cobol compiler, so it looks as if you'll 
have to try the sort of solution Lee offers. The 
Transformer should be perfectly adequate for 
the job of Ascii text Cobol compiling, as It 
doesn't require too many machine-specific oper- 
ations. 

If you're going to settle for a PC emulator, 
however, you might want to consider the 
ATOnce from Silica (0B1 1M 1111) or the KCS 
Power Board from Bitcon (091 490 1919). Both 
boards are more powerful than the Transformer 
program, which Is difficult to come by these 
days, and both would allow you to compile your 
programs a great deal faster. 





Our reply to July's letter from Mr Tavinor, 
who wanted to use his Amiga from a battery 
supply on board his boat, prompted a few 
helpful hints from Amiga owners with a simi- 
lar problem. 

PART 1: In reply to IvTr Tavinor's letter in the 
July issue, CPC component suppliers have a 
transistorised inverter which gives 240V AC 
160W from a car battery. This would be ade- 
quate to run an Amiga in a boat or caravan 
environment. 

Price is £36 and the catalogue number is 
HK3501. CPC are a trade-only company, but a 
friendly TV repair shop should be able to order 
iL by phoning CPC on (0772) 555034. 

David Titley, Preston 

PART 2; Strictly speaking, it is incorrect to say 

the Amiga runs on AC power. The Amiga's 
power supply requires AC input, but it converts 
this to DC output. It would seem wasteful to 
connect an Snverter to a 1 2V battery in order to 



ATTERY POWER 



convert 12V DC to 240V AC, then connect a 
power supply to convert 240V AC to +/-12V 
DC! The Amiga power supply outputs three 
voltages; +12V, -12V, and +5V. Battery power is 
the smoothest DC available, so the minimum 
requirements would seem to be: 

1 . Two 1 2V car batteries 

2. mA7?12UC -12V voltage regulator 

3, mA78Hl 2KC +1 2V voltage regulator 

4, mA78HG5KC +5 V voltage regulator 

These could be set up as shown in Figure 1 
Noise decoupling capacitors are not strictly 
necessary for a battery supply. 

L | Maxwell, Birmingham 



Thanks for the tips, folks I With any luck, the 
Amiga owner afloat or caravan-bound can 
now continue to use the machine anywhere. 
Remember, though, that we still recommend 
anyone with doubts to forget it! Safety Is 
always the first consideration, and the life 
expectancy of your Amiga the second. 









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As an ever-growing pile of let- 
ters proves, many Work- 
station users are itching to 
scratch some files from their disks. In 
some cases this is merely a matter of 
deleting the odd doc file, but for others 
drastic surgery is called for, and rf that's 
the case, a guiding hand might be use- 
ful while you're wielding the knife. 

The most common question is how 
to remove the optional startup screen, 
Thii is a simple process but before you 
start hitting Delete make sure your 
backup is safely stashed away. 

Skipping the start 

Vou only need rename a single file in 
the Workstation's S: directory to do the 
jc*. To begin, open SID, then click on 
the DFO;, and double click on the S 
directory. 

Now select the script file you want 
to use as your startup sequence. The 
file you choose depends on your 
machine, so this part of the process is 
entirely up to you. If you have a half 
meg A500, click on the file called 
rtartup_5l2k_a500, then on RENAME, 
and call it startup- sequence. 

If you're using an expanded A5Q0, 
go through the above steps but this 
time rename the file called 
itirtupj Mb_a500. If you have an 
A1 500, an AiuOO, or perhaps an A5Q0 
adapted to use 1Mb of chip ram, 
rename the file startup_1Mb_chipram, 
making sure that in both cases the new 
file is called startup-sequence. 

Dont be afraid to overwrite the 
existing startup sequence, as it is now 
redundant. 

Sacrificing the style 

The next possibility for the chop is the 
amazingly stylish Amiga Computing 
loading screen, To be honest, after the 
novelty has worn off it's a prime candi- 
date for the axe if you want to save a 
little loading time. 

If you merely want to avoid the 
screen the simplest method is to select 
your startup sequence from the S: 
directory and click on Edit, When the 
script pops up type ; before the line 
PPshow cfront*"* This skips the 
loading screen on startup, and if you 
have already altered the the optional 
load 'to suit your machine the entire 
disk will load automatically without 
interruption or the need for a keypress. 



AMIGA 



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Thi ityiijh bvt llow loading servo 



Paul Austin 

explains how to 

customise the 

Workstation and 

speed up access 

to those 
essential utilities 

• Add some 



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tailpipes 
bucket seats 

to the best utility in the business 








If you like the idea of a loading screen 
but want to use your own artwork sim- 
ply copy the new image into the C: 
directory of the Workstation but make 
sure the new file is called front****. 

This will overwrite the original and as 
long as you haven't disabled the display 
line in the startup, your creation will 
appear every time- you boot. 

The new file will probably be larger 
than the original loading screen so you 
may need to delete some of the docu- 
ment files from the Workstation. As 
long as you don't distribute the disk 



112 



Duplication dilemma 

To all the confused Amiga owners who have been trying in vain to duplicate the 
Workstation with the pull-down menu an apology is in order. Due to my heavy 
use of the OJ and SlD the poor pull-downs were almost iorgotten when design- 
ing the disk. As, a result the tool types of the Workstation disk were left blank 
when in fact they should have read SVS:system/diskcopy 

To change them dick once on the disk icon then highlight and release on info 
from the first pull-down. Now type the aforementioned line into the default tool 
types window. Click on Save and the disk will copy perfectly. 



without the files it's perfectly legal to 

remove them. 

The final image option is to delete 
the front**". pp Tile from the C; direc- 
tory and also remove the PPshow 
e : front"" line from the startup 
sequence. This will free yet more valu- 
able disk space and, of course, speed 
up loading. 

Your favourite extras 

Everyone has his or her own favourite 
utilities and there's no reason why you 
cant add them to the Workstation. If 
you move or delete both the loading 
image and all the documents it should 
free around 1 1 0k of disk space. This will 
be more than enough space for several 
uLlls and adding them to the 
Workstation couldn't be easier. 

Simply copy them into the mymenu- 
2 directory but make sure they have an 
accompanying info file, Next, go back 
to the root directory of the disk and 
double click on the S: directory, high- 
light rnymenil.eonf and dick on Edit. 



% Everyone 

has his or her 

favourite 
utility % 



When the script file appears simply 
move the cursor to the bottom of the 
list and type: 

itU S*tup 'fWtmwt " I W synPlinii- 
1/fUvan 

filename is obviously replaced with the 
particular utility in question. The new 
line or lines should roughly match 
those already in the list so it shouldn't 
be too tricky. If you have any problems 
accessing a new utility try replacing WB 
sys with CLI sys: 

Now if you save the file and reboot 
the disk a few new faces will appear 
ready and waiting in the Setup pull- 
down menu. 

If you're a newcomer to this column 
you might be a little puziied as to 
what this mystical Workstation disk is 
all about, If that's the case if s worth 
checking out Page 1 3,8 lor details 
about what you're missing and how 
you can gel in on the act. 









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PUBLIC ASSEMBLY 114 

In a special joint Code Clink/Machine Code insight 
Margaret Stanger finds out what's on offer for 
coders on the public domain scene 

DTV 

Jason Holborn takes another look at the world of 
Amiga desktop video. Genlocks, TBCs, PAL and 

NTSC - it's all here 

■ 

MACHINE CODE 

All our machine code gurus are invited to join 
Margaret Stanger as she assembles a series of blobs 
on her brtplanes 

MUSIC 121 

Jason Holborn reflects on the future "of 
Microillusions' Music-X and provides a list of new 
protocols for the package 

COMMUNICATIONS 123 

Eddie MtKendrick gets to grips with JR-Corfim, the .* 
most comprehensive corftms package available for 
the Amiga -*or is it ? m " w 

AMOS 

Our AMOS man with the most, Peter Hickman/ 
demonstrates how easy it is to define a slarfiqjd per- * 
feet for that smash hit you are writing * ■ - * 



CODE CLINIC ..,. .:12/ 

« It's clear for anyone to see" MargareUSf anger says it 
^wtth words. This month our q lie en of 'C gejs'exotic 
with fonts. • 1 

•D-tf. 1.29 . 

What is the bleeding point of separation or the lead- 
trig ri«le of fonts? Barnaby Page puts on a brave face 
and a spot of colour, to explain 



MACHINE CODE/CODE CLINIC 








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The Amiga C Club (ACQ are a non-profit- 
making organisation whose primary goal 
is to help C programmers all over the 
world, and to this, end they have produced the 

disk-based Amiga Manual ACC are only one year 
old, but they already have more than 100 regis- 
tered members from 15 different countries. 

When unpacked, the C manual and examples 
nearly fill up four standard Amiga floppies. The is 
version 2.0, an update fa version 1 .0 on Fish disk 
337. Because of Its size, it is distributed on two 
library disks, parts one and two on disk 456 and 
parh three and four on disk 457. 

In the beginning 

At the beginning of part one there is an excellent 

introduction explaining how to use C on the 
Amiga, and how to compile and link programs, 
These instructions are aimed at the Lattice C V5-10 
compiler, but the example programs will compete 
perfectly with older versions, as well as with other 
C compilers. 

Each chapter has several fully documented 
examples with source and executable code. Most 
of the examples use an output window to report 
any events occurring in the current program. 

Part one has four chapters which caver intuition 
screens, ail types of windows, high level graphics, 
Intuitext and all gadgets, Part two covers most of 
the remaining Intuition topics, and there is an 
example of an alert, several requesters, menus and 
submenus, and all I DCMP events. 

The Hints and Tips chapter explains how to 
make a program work on both PAL and NT5C 
screens, and be available either from the CLI win- 
dow or from Workbench. 

Part four covers the remaining graphic topics 
such as sprites, vsprites and low level graphics. The 
Dos has examples of all aspects of file handling 
and the tools chapter has source code for a pro- 
gram to print out sprite data. Miscellaneous is the 
heading of the chapter which contains the remain- 
ing Intuition topics like preferences, memory allo- 
cation, and double dicks with the mouse buttons. 
Three short programs are included that describe 
how to read directly from the joystick, mouse and 
keyboard ports. There is a utility to help you 
include sound in your programs, as well as a file 
requester and colour requester. 

At the end of the manual, there are several use- 
ful appendices with details of C data types and 
operators and Ascii and Itewkey code lists. Full cov- 



Margaret Stanger 
checks out the PD 
programming options 

erage is given to all the examples and functions 
used in the manual and one particularly welcome 
chapter explains the mysteries of the Guru 
Meditation codes. 

Unpacking the disks 

To do this ) needed to have four disks available for 
formatting, and a second disk drive. I do not know 

whether it would be impossible to unarchive these 
disks using only one disk drive, or just very difficult. 
I suspect the former, 

I am sure that a second disk drive Is vital when 
compiling and linking C code, as the libraries, 
compiler, include Piles and linker lake up a lot of 
disk space, not to mention the necessary Dos files. 

I set up a stripped down Workbench disk as a 
CLI disk, as Stevie Kennedy has described in his CU 
series. The system directory contained only format, 
and the devices that were not to be used wene 
cleared from the D€VS directory. 

I kept only run, binddrfvers, ed, mount, delete, 
list break, enddi, lab, disfecopy, copy, cd, execute 
and loadwb in the C directory. I put the CU disk in 
drive 0, Fish disk 456 in drive 1, and booted up. 

So far -so good 

l copied the necessary Dos files to the CLI disk c 
directory: 

cop/ Hi\ttm te diC';r 
copt df1:cjfif to ifflse 
aUT dflicfmdif to iti:t 
rcpjr dfl:Ci'li»n tc d f D : t 

The batch unpacker file and the unarchived part 
one manual file were copied to the root directory 
of the CU disk. Luckily they fitted Inc 

wpt Ifltwttl/tttl.UJi to dfO; 
cnpj dft:ciiiuni./onpitliiil1 to i '^- 

I took Fish disk 456 out of drive 1 to leave the 
drive free tor the new disk. 
I typed in: 

Lit cute unpjckditll 

pressed Return and wafted. I was then asked if I 



114 




Grop*>(ci <an bt «uy with C 



had a Wank disk ready, and the answer was "y*. 
The next question was whether drive df 1 : was free. 

When I answered in the affirmative, the disk 
was formatted, and part one of the manual 
unpacked on to the newly formatted disk. 

To unpack part two of the manual on to a sec- 
ond blank disk I only needed to replace AC Mi .Izti 
and unpackdiskl with ACM2Jfh and unpackdtsk2 
and use the ccunmand: 

Uttrtt yupictdiil!, 

Parts three and four were unpacked from Fish disk 
457 in a similar way. 

Using the manual 

Each disk contains several chapters, each with 
excellent documentation, and examples with 

source and executable code. The documentation 
and source code can be read using the type com- 
mand or any text editor. 

The executable programs can all be run from 
either Workbench or the CU. Follow the instruc- 
tions in DIY/DIY.doc (part four) if you want to print 
the manual. 

I found the manual accurate, easy to under- 
stand, and very user friendly. 



The Sozobon C disk 

This is disk 314 of the freely distributable Amiga 
software library. There were two main directories, 
A68kandZC. 

A6Bk is a 68000 assembler originally written in 
Modula-2 in 1985 and converted to C by Charlie 
Gibb in 1987, It has been converted to accept 
metacomco-compatible assembler source code 
and to generate Amiga objects and it includes 
source. 

This is version 2-61 , an update to the version on 
disk 186. The author is Brian Anderson - the C 
translation and Amiga work were done by Charlie 
Cibb. 

ZC is a full K&R C compiler based on a port of 
the Atari ST version of the Sozobon-C compiler. It 
includes the C compiler main pass written by 
|ohann Huegg with fixes and enhancements by Joe 
Montgomery and Jeff Lydiatt, a cc front end writ- 
ten by Fred Fish with enhancements by Jeff Lydiatt 
and Ralph Babel, an optimizer written by Tony 
Andrews, an assembler written by Brian Anderson 
and Charfie Cibb, a linker written by the Software 
Distillery, generic include files, and a C runtime 
library written by Dale Schumacher and ported by 
]eff Lydiatt This is version 1 .01, an update to disks 
171 and 193. 

When unarehived, the header files in include 
contain all the standard c header files like "stdio.h" 
that go with the ZC-lib library. If however, you 
want to take advantage of the superb graphics in 
the Amiga, you will also require the include files 
supplied by Commodore that describe the layout 
of important data structures in the Amiga's operat- 



Uartfciwk SlT**a 






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A ptnonailsecS requester from f he C manual 



ing system which are normally supplied with the 
commercial compilers. 

If you already have Lattice C or Aztec C on the 

Amiga, you may be able to use the include Hies 
from those compilers. It not, the include fifes are 
available from Commodore for a nominal S20 fee. 

Write to; Commodore Bui in ess Machines, 
Software Department, 1200 Wilson Drive, West 
Chester, PA 19380. Ask for the "AmigaDcs 1.3 
Native Developer Upgrade". 

The kit contains all the Assembler and C include 
files, the libraries, autodocs, readme files, a link, 
and the library offsets 

The assembler 

There are two unpacked text files in the directory, 
as well a£ the assembler itself in archived form. The 
first, a68k.doc is a text file which includes the 
restrictions, extensions, macro support and techni- 
cal information together with details of how to jse 
the assembler. 

Readme.fnf had details on unanchiving the files, 
but I did the unpacking slightly differently. I for- 
matted a new disK. and created a directory A68k 
for it. Using in drive the CU disk made eariier for 
the C manual unarchMng, I deleted the unar- 
chived manual files from the C J disk. With the 
Sozobon C disk in drive 1 type: 

cm Aih*miMtAi\\ to dfO: 
With the new disk in drive df 1 : 






t dflhsiSLuh 



and the files were unpacked into the a6Bk direc- 
tory of the new disk. In addition to the assembler, 
a68k, the documentation, a68kd«, there were all 
the C source files for the Assembler object code, 
and the makefile used to compile and link it. 

Sozobon C 

There were several unpacked te«l files in the ZC 
directory of the disk, as well as the archive com- 
piler (ic.teh) and its archived source code 
(2cs.rc.lzh). Readme. 1st gave a synopsis of the files. 




ff 



and getting, started had details of how to set up 
me development environment. 'Readme gave the 
implementation notes, and readme, fnf had 
instructions on unanchiving the files, 

I formatted a new disk, and created a directory 
ZC for it. I put the CU disk in dfO: and deleted any 
files with the extension .Izh from it. With the 
Sozobon C disk in drive dfl: 

cipv sf1:iGi'iC.Lih to Hi: 

With the new disk in drive dfl ; 

u dllue dtQ:cfLliir( -i ■* -i j dfDnc.lih 

and the files were unpacked into the ZC directory 
of the new disk. In addition to the tent files there 
were several directories. 

The header fHes in the include directory contain 
all the standard C header files like "stdio.h" that 
go with the ZC.Iih library, 

The libs directory Includes a freely redis- 
tributable version of AmigaJib called Ami.lib, and a 
fairly comprehensive freely redistributable support 
library ZCFib for commonly called C functions like 
printfQ, scarrfQ, sticpyO. 



The C directory 

The C directory contained several utilities : ZC, a 
Kemighan and Richie compatible C compiler 
which generates motorola-compatible Assembler 
source files suitable for Charlie Gibbs' A68k assem- 
bler; a68k assembler v2.6l; Blink v6.7, a freely 
redistributable linker; CC, a front end for the com- 
piler that makes it simpler to compile, assemble 
and iink programs; make is like the unix utility 
make; and the docs directory contained the docu- 
mentation for all these. 

For the source code I formatted yet another 
new disk, and created a directory ZCSRC for it. I 
put the CU disk into dfO: and deteted any files with 
the extension .Izh from it 

With the Sozobon C disk in drive dfl : 

cgpj dflut/iem.lil to df|; 

With the new disk in drive dfl r 
cd dfliusrc dfOisiihjre -i -i -■ i dfOntsrr.Uli 

to unpack the source code for the- compiler. This 
directory was found to contain source code, object 
cade, and headers for all the utilities in the C sub- 
directory of the ZC directory. There was object 
code and a makefile for the AmLlib, and very use- 
ful source code for the 10UB, 

I used a CU disk with a lib directory, and put 
the contents of the 



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ZC/C directory 
into its C directory. 
As always, I added 
a copy of my 
favourite text edi- 
tor Qedit. I created 



a work disk with an include directory, put the con- 
tents of ZC/lib into the CU lib directory and the 
contents of the ZC/include directory into the 
workrjisk include directory. I added some of the 
Commodore include files to this directory. 

I added the following sequence to the startup- 
sequence in the 5 directory of the CLI disk: 

IlLldif ritllih assign IE! df C: 
:<i5r d'Clhh.'It.i.ib tn rjiUib 
■:o5> dtfcLlb/kMli.i tn Niillk 
C*PJ df0nLib.7li.L1b to ran:. it 
gtiigti UUUpE: vt-rMlil; 
inilude usi'jn LEB: 
H:lib pith dfD.iystei 
Pith ittc idd 
Hid 230ED 
cd dfl; 

Workdisk is the disk in drive 1. You may have 
another name for it If you do not have extended 
memory, omit the three copy statements. 

I put the CU disk in drive r the workdisk (with 
a piece of C source code called scroll.c) in drive 1, 
and booted up. I used the command cc scroll.c, 
The computer thought for a white and displayed 
ZC: Amiga version 1.01 Copyright(c) 1988 by 
Sozobon Limited, thought for a bit longer and dis- 
played the prompt when it had finished. 

An Assembler source code version, scrolls, had 
been put in the ram drive. I used the command; 

liflt ruiitraU.i 

the computer gave me a running commentary 
and finished with 68000 Assembler - version 2.61 
(January 11 - 1990) Copyright 1985 by Brian R. 

Anderson Amiga conversion copyright 1989 by 
Charlie- Gibbs PASS 1 LINE 479 PASS 2 LINE 479 
Heap usage W204?,66 Totai Hunk sizes: 51 8 code, 
88 data, 50 B5S and the abject code scroll.o was 
waiting in the ram drive. 

I used a file called scroll. Ink to link with; 

FROPI L3B:S(gi-i.n+ mtMf4LL<« 

TO will LIB UljK,lrt LIB,. li. lib 

The command was BLINK with scroll. Ink the com- 
puter displayed Blink version 6.7 15 October 1986 
Copyright^) 1986 The Software Distillery All rights 
reserved 23S Trillingham Lane, Cary NC 27511 
BBS:{91 9)^71-6436 Blink complete - Maximum 
code size 5804 (100001 6AC) bytes. 

Verdict 

I was very impressed with Sozobon C and the 
assembler, I find it useful to generate an assembly 
source code version of some of my C code, and [ 
find debugging] Assembler greatly aided now ( 
have the STDIO library routines available. 

I sent a copy of Sozobon C to Kevin Stevens 
(former sysop of the Amiga User Croup bulletin 
board). 

He said that Sozobon C was quite impressive for 
a piece of public domain software, and although it 
is not quite as efficient as Lattice, the code gener- 
ated does work and it is certainly a good place for 
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Video revolutio 






The Amiga has been overlaying titles on to 
live video for years- now, but only recently 
has it achieved the kind of mass market 
success - as a truly professional video tool - that 
it deserves. The reason for this sudden growth is 
simple: NewTek's Video Toaster, 

Since the Video Toaster was launched on to 
the US video market a few months ago, the 
Amiga video scene has. nourished and grown at a 
phenomenal rate. Up until quite recently dedi- 
cated video hardware designed for the Amiga 
was very thin on the ground, with Amiga video 
engineers having to look elsewhere for "off the 
shelf" solutions designed more specifically for 
professional video production houses. And, as we' 
all know, professional inveritably means expen- 
sive. 

Already the Video Toaster has encouraged 
many third party developers to produce video 
devices that tie into the Amiga's electronics, A 
case in point is the Time Base Corrector (TESC). 

As anyone who has seer or used the Video 
Toaster will tell you, it's not really of great use 
unless you invest In a time base corrector, a 
device that synchronises video sources at sync- 
pulse level. TBCs were previously very expensive 
beasts - on average, you COuld expect a bill for a 
couple of thousand pounds for even a bottom-of- 
the-range TBC 



Obvious gap 



But now, spotting an obvious gap in the market, 
quite a few companies Stateside have started sell- 
ing what Ihey call "personal" TBCs-. In particular, 
Digital Processing Systems of Ontario in Canada 
have launched their DPS Personal TBC which 
comes as a plug -in card for the Amiga 2000 
upwards. 

For around J900 [£450), the DPS TBC offers 
broadcast quality time base correction. And with 
both Composite and V/C f>VHS and Hi-£) com- 
patibility on pffer, the DPS TBC is an absolute 
must for all Toaster users, 

So what's this got to do with we PAL users? 
After all, the Video Toaster still Isn't available in 
PAL format, so many of the supporting products 
aren't either. 

Well, NewTek have already confirmed that 
plans are afoot to produce a PAL Video Toaster, 
so it seems almost inevitable that much of the 



jason Holborn waxes lyrical on the 
current state of Amiga desktop video 



equipment developed for the American Video 
Toaster will eventually make it to these shores in 
PAL guise. 

Many American companies are finally catching 
on to the Amiga's popularity among European 
video engineers. These days, the vast majority of 
video related products are released in PAL format 
and NTSC version almost simultaneously. 

And r with costs decreasing faster than my 
bank account, this is all good news for Amiga 
video enthusiasts. Much of the technology wHIbe 
restricted to professional users to start with, but 
you can bet that home users will eventually be 
able to get in on the act. 

There has been much speculation as to 
whether NewTek will ever manage to ship a PAL 
Video Toaster, but it seems preposterous (hat the 
company will Ignore what is undoubtedly a huge 
market, despite the difficulties that they will 
inevitably encounter. And with the amount of 
interest that has been generated by the NTSC 
video toaster,, a PAL unit is virtually guaranteed 
success. 

If we do finally see a PAL Video Toaster, don't 
expect it for a fair old time yet. The current Video 
Toaster is tied in very closely to the peculiarities 
of the NTSC video system, so converting it to 
work under PAL will be a monumental task for 
even NewTek's hardware engineers, 

The popularity of the Video Toaster hasn't just 
encouraged the back room boys to get in on the 
acL Already several major video equipment man- 
ufacturers have started to take a serious interest 
in the Amiga because of its recent successes, 
Most notably, fVC have been taking particular 
interest and have already revealed that they 
intend being a major league player within the 
Amiga video market. Once JVC is in, it is almost 
certain that other big names such as Philips, Sony 
and Panasonic will follow suit, 

Multimedia and desktop video are so closely 
related that the increased interest in this new age 
application is doing nothing but good for the 
Amiga video scene, The genlock is the most obvi- 
ous item of hardware that has made the transi- 
tion with ease, but multimedia producers have 




lint WlT*o TpOfUr - 
PAt Vinton txpcclrd, 
but it ec«rW be »uw 



been crying out for mare sophisticated video 
gear and Amiga desktop video equipment manu- 
facturers are more than eager to satisfy demand, 

It seems that America is definitely the place to 
be at the moment for video. Thankfully our 
cousins across the pond aren't ieaving us, so we 
can look forward to some quite splendid new 
products including video mixers and chromakey 
systems. And, as always, you can bet that I'll 
bring you details about them all as soon I hear 
them. 

Genlocks for all 

If you're after some fairly low cost but high 
power desktop video equipment, then a com- 
pany worth talking to are Third Coast 

Technologies (0257 472444). Third Coast have 
been distributing a variety of Amiga gadgets for 
years, but they've now turned their attention to 
Amiga desktop video in a big way. As well as an 
impressive range of genlocks, the company is 
offering PAL encoders and video splitters ideal for 
digitising. 

Among their range of genlocks is the excellent 
- but tediously named - PAL Genlock from the 
german company Electronic Design, It offers a 
number of powerful Features including infinitely 
variable fading of the Amiga-generated signal 
into the video picture, dissolving between Amiga 
graphics and the video source, an integrated RGB 
splitter and a PAL Encoder (nice).. The genlock is 
available in both V/C and Composite formats. 

Other genlocks on offer are the GST range of 
units from the French company Satellite and 
Television SA. They tend to be rather expensive 
for what they have to offer, but if money is no 
object, they compare very well on features. Their 
basic unit costs just a few pence under the magic 
£200 with prices rising to around £500. 

if yau own a video digitiser that requires three 
separate exposures of a colour video source to 
produce a colour image, then Third Coast's 
DigiCold Pro may be of interest to you. It's an 
RGB splitter that automatically switches between 
red, green and blue through software without 
you having to fiddle around with controls. 

Another product which will be of particular 
interest to Amiga video enthusiasts is Third 
Coast's CP10 PAL Encoder. If you're receding the 
output from either the Amiga or a Genlock to 
video tape, (he PAL Encoder greatly enhances the 
picture quality of the recorded signal. For the 
£130 asking price, you really can't afford to be 
without this device if you're serious about your 
home video productions. 

Over the coming months I hope to review 
many of the video products on offer from Third 
Coast, but in the meantime phone Third Coast 
for more, on the number above, 








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Masquera 



Last month's machine code program 
copied a blob on to a plain black back- 
ground, It was always copied to the same 
little rectangle on the screen. By altering just 
one parameter in the command used it can 
become much more versatile and the result more 
professional. 

Just to recap 

The BliBitMap command copies a rectangle from 
one bitmap to another. It Is necessary to specify: 

The address of the source bitmap 

The * offset of Die source rectangle 

The y offset of the sourcf itctangle 

The address of the destination bitmap 

The x offset of the destination 

The y fldf set of the- destination 

The horizontal size in putts 

The vertical slie in piMli 

The mintprm or lagic function 

The mask vr combination of jritnts to be 

■ranst erred 
The buffer used to hoW information kfia«* 

and destination overUp 

The minterm 

The miinterm variable can be found by using logic 
equations on a source A and destination B: 
Hint in SBu I12B1 ;- output = * D 

There is only output where there is a source bit 

and destination bit, 

Hinteri HO (JO i- Output - A 6 

Only put a bit from source where there is no bit in 

the destination, 

Ainten 120 ttf> :• output = • B 

Put a bit from destination where there is no source 
bit, This results, in a source-shaped hole in the des- 
tination bitmap,, which can be very useful, 
ftinteri (10 Cl£) :- output ■ J, B 

Put a bit only where there is no bit in either source 

or destination. This gives rise to a few useful com- 
binations. 

Hinttn led ■ (WO t HO) :- output a f B t i, b 

Put a bit from source where there is a bit in the 

destination, and where there is no bit in the desti- 
nation. This is the vanilla copy that was used last 
month. The source is copied and the destination 
contents ignored. 

Rtottri ipso ■ -:sin *ii:o) ;- output = > a - n a 

The inverse of the source is copied straight to the 
destination. The original contents of the destina- 
tion Field are ignored. 
Ifntin tOdD ■- (120 * tttl :- output = i B ■ i B 

Put source where there is no destination, destina- 
tion where there is no source. Useful for putting an 
image on a background after first putting on the 
image mask with a minterm of H)20. 

rf an image has only one bitplane, the mask will 
be identical to the image, ie a plain image in 



Margaret Stanger brings 
blobs out from behind 
the mask of ignorance 

colour 1 , If there are two bitplanes, the mask will 
have a bit wherever there is a bit in either for 
both) or the image bitplanes. This corresponds to 
a plain image in Colour 1. 

These masks could be calculated during the 
program run, but this would take time. I find it 
easier to use DPaintll to obtain the masks in colour 
3 (7 for 3 bitplanes, 15 For 4 bitplanes). The dia- 
gram shows the BitMap, BMPix, which contains 
some blotos, and their respective masks. It is possi- 
ble to overmask slightly to obtain a black line 
around the resulting blob, but I have not done this 
in the demo program. 

To put the mask and picture on the screen, hav- 
ing calculated which blob (and corresponding 
mask) to use, and where on the screen to put 
them: 



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The routine to put the .picture on the screen is sim- 
ilar except that there is no y mask offset to add, 
and the minterm is SCO. The original destination 
contents are lost. 

If the blob is to be moved around and you 
would prefer the background to remain intact, the 
rectangle under the blob should be saved first: 

5m background to attire 
Put list on screen 
fut slob on screen 

When the biota is to be moved, the background 
can be replaced: 

Put o»:kgrcuia on screen in old pssition 
Save hack-: 'turd (roi nu position to store 
Put Hit en sir ecu in ntir position 
Put h.ch on s<reen in Ml position 

In the program I have used some of the spare 

space on UMPix to store the background rectan- 
gle. For multiple images, each would need its own 
space. 



Buffer state 

Ending up with four images to copy instead of one 

involves more activity for the blitter, I usually 
define a duplicate screen, or buffer, and display 
one screen while updating the other. 

add.t dl .count 
;thrtk 'or add or even cyitr. 
■u«. I count, dO 



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teg dlriwinbuif fcr 

; up date the picture in the screen 

jsr stDretoscene 

;topT hit kg round In stcrr to old spur 

jsr see letss tore 

i'.api nn tpact hitkground to store 

IOUe.1 ip95 r 0U5Ctr r ip05 

,'ipdtte old screen positions 
ioue.1 rpos/Oldsceneirpos 
tea BH$cen*,a1 
jsr Hasten 

;iupr appropriate list to screen 
lea BPstene,a1 

jsr pi cor 

;:np«- appropriate picture to screen 
.■a *te»purt,i! 
;reiale (ha display, u It h screen bitiap 

HIN.t t-is:eie,dj 
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jsr rente 

;updatethe pkturi In the bufiir 

Jsr stonttbufftr 
;topy hstlground in buff ir to old spite 

jsr bufftrtottori 
;topy nii spin background to store 

■oue.l ipns F oldbufTerip«s 
;upditi old buffer positions 

iove.1 ypos.oldtu^er'rpDs 

teg Bltp<jffrr,i1 

jsr la s Icon 
;copy appropriate last to buffer 

lea BRbuffrr,a1 

jsr picon 
;topy appropriate plttufe to Blifftr 

1(1 vtenpOrt,aS 

Bi!.l rrlbuffer,dB 
;r*iak* tie display, u 1 1 h buffer bitnp 

■oue.l dD,fp_fiislnfo(i5l 

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Each screen needs its own background rectangle 
storage area, as the data - and the old position! - 

will be slightly different in each case. 

For extra speed, if the background and the 
blobs are of three bitplanes or less, much of the 
hassle could be avoided by keeping the blobs and 
background on separate playfields. You would still 
probably need to use double buffering for the 
blobs playfield, but the masking and background 
storage could be avoided. 



The demo program 

The program on the support disks blanks out the 
colours, sets up BitMaps for the screen (BMscene), 
the buffer (BW buffer) and the pictures (BMPix). 
The pictures - and masks - file piccy is read in, the 
colours set, and a striped background drawn in the 
screen and the buffer. 

A blob appears which responds to joystick 
movements until one of the fire buttons is pressed. 
If the movement is downwards, the blob will have 
a source picture from the top row - left-hand side 
- and the corresponding mask, 

To give the illusion of movement the feet posi- 
trons change slightly each time, The left, right and 
up direction blobs work in a similar way. 

A fully documented assembler source is 
included. The joystick and file reader module 
source appeared on the support disk of the August 
issue of Amiga Computing. 



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tinting, and random number generation. 








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Whether you tinkle with Trax or mess around with 
Music-X, it's worth listening to jason Holborn 



Is it or isn't it? That's the question on every- 
one 1 s lips at the moment. We are, of course, 
referring to Mierolllusions' Music-K 
sequencer system which was supposedly put on 
ice by programmer Dave Joiner in favour of his 
work on the CDTV. Much confusion surrounds 
Music-X at the moment - seemingly nobody 
knows whether the product is alive or dead. 

Officially Mierolllusions UK are insisting that 
Music-X 2.0 is still very much a reality, but even 
they admit that the unofficial line is far from 
clear. Mierolllusions had promised to start ship- 
ping Music-X 2.0 last February, but that deadline 
has come and gone with virtually no explanations 
being offered by Mierolllusions Stateside. 

Even their UK operation admit that they've 
beard virtually nothing about the new release. 
Indeed, they don't even know what new features 
are to be added. 

Whether all this is just a classic case of crossed 
lines remains to be seen but it seems there may 
yet be a ray of hope f Of Music-X owners. It would 
be a great shame for Mierolllusions to drop what 
has become one of the most important music- 
related products yet produced for the Amiga. 

In its current guise, Music-X is hardly serious 
competition for such industry hard hitters as 
Steinberg's Cubase on the ST and Passport's 
Performer system on the Mac. But if Music-X 2,0 
does deliver the features we have been promised 
- Realtime score editof, drum pattern editor, 
arrange page, etc - we can look forward to a 
bright future for the Amiga music market. 



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rtieased a range of new Protocol for it 



The first protocol 

Still on the subject of Music-X, you'll be pleased 
to learn that Mierolllusions are putting the finish- 
ing touches to a range of protocols for the Music- 
X librarian page. They've been an awfully long 
time coming but Mierolllusions have finally hon- 
oured their obligation with protocols that cover 
no fewer than 1 3 different manufacturers. 

Looking through the list you'll probably notice 
that there are still a few blatantly obvious omis- 
sions, For starters, the range of Yamaha Synthi is 
far from comprehensive. 

With Yamaha's new SY series of synttos 



accounting for the vast majority of synth sales, 
there's not a single protocol for the SY77, the 55 
or even the 22. As for the Korg protocols, it's nice 
to see support for the Ml - the keyboard that I 
use! - but what about Korg's latest synths like the 
T3 and the WaveStation? 

Oh well, I guess technology advances at such 
a frightening rate these days that it would be 
almost impossible to cover every new synth 
released. 

Anyway, below you'll find a rundown of the 
new protocols. You can find out more about both 
Music-X 2-0 and these protocols by phoning 
Mierolllusions on 0480 496497. 

Sound audition 

Following hot on the heels of its new 12 and 16- 
bit sampling cards for the Amiga 2000, SunRize 
Industries (phone UK Distributor HB Marketing 
on 0753 636000) have announced the impend- 
ing release of a major new product for those of us 
still tinkering with the aged 3-bit sampler. 

Audition 4 is a powerful new -8-bit sample edi- 
tor that - as SunRize themselves claim - "contin- 
ues where AudioMaster III left off. Like the 
original AudioMaster, Audition 4 doesn't come 
with its own sampler. Instead, it has been spe- 
cially designed to work wrth just about any sam- 
pler under the sun, including SunRije's own - 
and highly recommended - Perfect Sound 3. 

Due within the next couple of weeks, Audition 
4 sells For the same price as AudioMaster III. The 
difference, though, is that not only is the pro- 
gram smaller (just 100k!) and far more efficient, 
but it boasts features previously unheard of in an 



Amiga sampling package. How's this for starters? 
DISK RECORD I'm not quite sure how the 
Amiga's poor old floppies will cope, but Sun Rue 
claim that Audition 4 allows you to sample direct 
to floppy and also, presumably, to hard disk. This 
way, even if you're still living in the dark ages 
with nothing more than a 512k A500, you can 
record samples of up to fJQOk on to floppy and 
multi-megabytes using a hard drive. 
SAVE EXECUTABLE Have you ever wanted to 
hear a sample but couldn't be bothered to load 
your sample editor? Well, with Audition 4 you 
can save samples as executable programs. Once 
saved, all you have to do is "run" the sample and 
it will be played. 

Obviously this then renders the sample incom- 
patible with the IFF 8SVX standard, but Audition 
4 still fully supports both RAW and 8SVX file for- 
mats. 

REALTIME EFFECTS M-M-Mix your own chart 
hit with Audition's built-in digital effects. These 
Include echoes, high pass filtering, low pass filter- 
ing!, band pass filtering, stop band filtering, mix, 
fade, flange, VU meter and oscilloscope. 
POWERFUL EDITING Of course, the usual cut, 
copying and pasting features are supported, but 
Audition 4 adds keep, invert, filter, echo, mix, 
fade, treble adjust, bass adjust, smooth, DC 
removal, resample and tune. All this is backed up 
by an incredibly fast scroll and zoom facility. 



NEXT MONTH... Hopefully next month 111 be 
bringing you a comprehensive review of 
Blue Ribbon Bakery's new Bars k Pipes 
Professional. With just about every sequenc- 
ing tool you could ever wish for, Bars & 
Pipes looks good, very good, 

Oh, and of course I'll be bringing you 
even more gossip from the Amiga music 
scene. Can you stand the wait? 



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case of common sense than comms black magic. 



First steps 



Before getting down to jR Comming, the first 

thing to do is set the modem parameters. Once 
that is dealt with, JR Comm can at least be used 
as a dumb terminal with nothing more than agile 
digits and your modem's command set. 

However, to get the best out of |Ft Comm, 
some time really should be spent on customising 
it for each of the services you call regularly. There 
are the obvious serial settings to worry about like 
data/stop bits, parity and the like, 

Beyond that, |ft Comm can be customised 
more than most comms packages. Take some 
time out to look at the "General" setup parame- 
ters. Very sophisticated features like a split review 



buffer, auto captures, macros and call logging are 
at your disposal, should you choose to configure 
them. 

It is a true chameleon: of a package. Whatever 
system you are calling, |R Comm can pretend to 
be the correct type of terminal. Standard emula- 
tions include TTY (dumb terminal), Amiga, IBM, 
vTlOO and the scarce and slow but graphically 
interesting Skypix. The only major omission From 
the range of emulations, is Viewdata. Prestel is the 
only significant service which employs this 
chunky teletext style format, so if s no great loss. 

Capture the moment 

One of the most valuable and underused features 
of any good comms package is the ability to cap- 
ture an entire online session to an Ascii file. Ascii 
capture may not be as sophisticated as offline 
mail readers or custom front end programs, but it 
is accessible to everyone running JR Comm, It 
doesn't depend on any special terminal support 
from the host either, so you can be sure it is 
going to work, * 

Ascii send is even less frequently used but is 
potentially one of the most valuable features JR 
Comm offers. Using this facility it is possible to 
send a prepared Ascii file down the tine, character 
by character. If you can't see any immediate 
advantage to this feature, you don't send many 
long l-mail messages and you certainly don't 
play multi-user games. With Ascii send, getting to 
a specific location on Shades or Trash is a simple 
matter of running the required Ascii file as soon 
as the game resets. 

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Ant Purvis j'r first with the news 



Micronet is an entity thai most agree resembles 
a large computer magazine - even so, that 
description doesn't come dose to descrifjjng the 
service fully. 

far the sake of argument, start with how a 
magazine covers news. A quick glance through 
the first few pages of Amiga Computing 
reveals the news, and plenty of it, but it doesn't 
take much to work out thai whal you're reading 
was not written the day before you bought the 
magazine 

If Commodore cut the price of the Amiga to 
£t99 tomorrow, you wouldn't know until the 
next issue of Amiga Computing was published. 
This is where Micronet comes in. 

Wcronet's news service, and indeed the 
Amiga Mkrobase specifically, has an advan- 
tage. When news breaks, some well-informed 
reportage can be written - outside office hours 
or at weekends, in some cases - which can be 
electronically "published' online within the 
same hour. 

The quick fix 

Mtoofrff j's ideal for a "quick fix" of news. Paper 
publications like Amiga Computing hove a 
more subtle advantage with more detailed 
reports and photographs which back up stories 
and moke them much more understandable. As 
o graphic example, the impact of □ new Amiga 
bundle launch is conveyed much more effec- 
tively by a photograph than an Ascii list of what 
il comprises. 

Micronet also lets you answerback. Let's say 
you have a comment on a fast '■breaking piece of 
news - you can send a message back to 
Micronet, very often to the same person who 
wrote the feature. They can reply to you in the 
same way. As the medium In which you are 
communicating is electronic, your message 
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In my opinion 

There's very little news about which someone, 
somewhere on Mkronet doesn't have an opin- 
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At the end of the day, electronic mediums 
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Do you fancy treating a simple scrolty 
starfielrj that you can use in your latest 
hit mega-game? Starfields have been 

around on computers for a few years now - 1 
remember seeing a starfield demo on my old 
B-bit Atari! - and programmers have come up 

with some really freaky ways of shifting those 
stars. 

Tor the purpose of showing you the basks, 
though, I'll keep it simple and boring, 
The starfield we are going to do is a sin- 
gle colour single plane - 
no fancy parallax - scroller 
from right to left. 
Before we do any programming, 
let's think about how to do it. First 
we need a set number of stars, 
each with a pair of co-ordinates 
so that the program knows 
where to stick 'em. 
OK, then let's start by declaring a numeric 
array containing 50, This gives us 25 stars with 1 
array element for the X co-ordinate and 1 array 
element for the Y co-ord. 

Mi tOORMtW 

The ne«t step is to calculate the co-ordinates for 

each star and store them in the array accordingly. 
First, we should make sune that Amos has a ran- 
dom "seed" to start producing reasonably ran- 
dom numbers. There is a good reason for this! 

You see, a computer cannot really produce 
true random numbers, it always bases the calcu- 
lations it makes on a given "seed". If this seed is 
the same, the computer will always return the 
same random number. 

For a practical example of this try creating an 
atrtoboot Ramos disk which loads a program that 
just does a ? RND{5). You will find that the same 
number is always produced. 

So, we will give Amos a random seed depend- 
ing on the current state of the Timer variable. 
This is a special variable which starts ofl at zero 
when Amos first loads and is then incremented 
50 times per second, 

Igndgiiie flltr'lndl]!] 

Sorry if I sounded a 
little bit confusing back 
there, but when trying to 

understand Amos and the Amiga 
it does help to look at the cause 
rather than jumping straight in 
with a cure. The following sec 
tion of code will store some 
•random positions for the stars: 

F«r L&P=1 To AMOUNT Step 2 

[C0R3S(L0P) = lln4lH(|] 

EMRM<LJp+1>=ind(Zl](l) 
Hit LCP 

Our next job is to open a screen on which to stick 
those funky stars. To keep things nice and simple 
we will just use two colours an the screen. Later I 



Star trekkin' da dum dee dum.., Peter Hickman takes 
you on another trip deep into the Amos zone 




will show you an example or a scrolling starfield 
that uses four colours to give a better effect 

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Now for the tricky bit. We must start off by set- 
ting up a repeat/until loop: 

SCfl=5;re*n Width 
Repeat 

Clearing the screen is the next job, You will have 
noticed that when the screen Is opened an 
AUTOBACK command is executed which tells 
Amos not to switch the logical (hidden) screen 
with the physical screen automatically when 
something is written to it: 

[Li 

With me so far? Surprise, surprise, we now gel 
round to actually drawing the stars on the screen; 

Fur UM To 50 Step Z 

Hot C«M DSt LOH # ( SfillB S t L0P+ 1 ^ 1 

A little complicated bit now - moving the stars. 
All we need to do to move them from right to left 
is to change the X co-ordinate, in this case we 
will deduct 5 from the current co-ordinate. The 
ADD command lets us wrap the stars around the 
screen. Ain't Amos nice? 

Hi CC-CRB-S-C LC-Pl ,-S,D (0 SCR-1 

Finally, we end all of the loops that were set up 
earlier in the program and swap the logical (hid- 
den) screen to the front: 

»«t LOP 
Screen imp 

vait m 

Ultit FiLse 



Well, that's a nice program but hardly impres- 
sive is it? What we realty need is to have some 
shaded stars moving in a sort of layered - or par- 
allax - effect- We could use the Amiga's unique 
Dual Playfield screen mode, but there is a 
nicer way of doing it. 
Unlortunately 1 don't really 
have enough room to explain how 
this one works but I am sure that with 
the information you have leg ml from the 
first program you should be able to work 
it out. 

Mi fUttEHM 

Bindoiiie TTier'E'.s:}?: 

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Stop press 

News time- Due to a few tast-minute delays, 
Amos 3D is still not in the shops - at the time of 
Writing. I have been assured 
that the delay h due to minor 
improvement's rather than bug fbtes 
Weil, that's a relief! 

The Amos Camp/fez should have been in 
you: shopi for a couple of weeks now I 
have not had a chance to test the very 
final version fully, but I reckon it must be 
worth buying just far the Injection of" 
speed that it will give most programs- 
Try it on the starfields for a nice taster! 
fortunately, due to the totally legal way the lat- 
est version of Amos (1.3) and the compiler were 
written, they will now work on arty base Amiga 
machine including the CDTV. 

On another note, Aaron Fothergill, proprietor 
of the Amos Cub, has been busy writing a new 
version of his Tome mop editing extension to 
work with the compiler as well as an exciting 
new extensor; called Ciext. 

This little marvel lets you cut out fonts from 
Iff IIAM pictures ready for use within your awn 
programs, using the commands provided, fr'i a 
tittle bit fiddly lo use at first but as well as allow- 
ing you to use fonts of any size or colour they 
are also a hell of a tot faster than those Deluxe 
Paint type fonts. 

In fact, I am making extensive use 
of the little thing (it's only 2k!) to 
write the enhanced CDTV version of Fun 
School 3 5-7s (plug, plug, go out and buy itt). 
You can find out more about Tome or Ctexl 
by ringing Aaron on 0743 23544 - remember 
to mention me, 1 - or by nnging the amazing 
Sandra Sharkey at the Amos PD Library on 
0942 495261. Have fun. 
See you next month. 








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Let's face it, alphabet* can be boring. Once 
in a while it is nke to look at a different 
set of letters. I am not suggesting Greek, 
Cyrillic or even Kanji - just Roman characters with 
a slightly different look. This can all be arranged. 
Using the Amiga library routine* and stored data, 
letters of all shapes and sizes are available. 

There is an Amiga library routine to write text 
at the graphics cursor position: 

T*S((riHp*rt,tCS!string,nuiibEr); 

where rastport is the pointer to the RastPort used 
for drawing, textstring is a pointer to the start of 
the phrase to be written, and number is the num- 
ber gf letters in the phrase. 

If text is being written in a window, it is faidy 
easy to find the RastPort address. When using low 
level graphics it is necessary ta initialise a RastPort 
jsing InitfiastPort, and attach the bitmap. The 
text string is stored in Ascil format, 32 for a space, 
48 for 0, 65 for A, etc, all the way up to 1 27. 

In memory there is a Font that contains a dot 
pattern for all these characters, and information 
about their height and width. With proportional 
fonts, this information can become very complex. 

The Text routine would look at the first charac- 
ter in the string (say 65), and copy the corre- 
sponding dot pattern (A) on to the screen. The 
graphics cursor horizontal position would give 
the horizontal start to the letter, this cursor posi- 
tion would have increased afterwards by the 
width of the letter, ready for the next one, 

The vertical cursor position is always to be the' 
baseline for the letter. This baseline corresponds 
to a line on a piece of lined writing paper. The 
text is level, with all the letter bases on the line 
and only the descenders - like the tail on iower 
case "g" - below it. 

rp ■ yd*->tPiM; 

/'Jtiitfnrt address «t win don • ■' 
IstJiPsntrp,!},' 

f*»ts the foreground pen'/ 
lwtirp,0,5t)j 

f'Hove curt or to baseline'/ 
Tmdp,"tMt itring',11); 

Pwltl the 11 thirntars "tut st'lnj"'.' 

The dot patterns tan be displayed normally, or 
with the double dots (bold), the baseline drawn 
(underline), the letters slanting (italic) or any 
combination of these styles, Each style has its 
own flag. It is possible to use the Include files, 
rather than remembering all the numbers. The 
command: 

ier.siiftstyli(tiirPijrt,Hjlffliji,*iuble) 
can be used: 

/•tit tint style te bull* J 

void bo-idC > 

{ 

SHSn1tStirl(<rp,FSF BOLB,2i5i; 

} 

The font that has been called up is the default 
font, topaz 8, which is stored in rom. Topaz is the 
name of the basic shape of the letters, and their 



Let Margaret Stanger put some style into your type 



height is 8 pixels above the baseline, Another 
font stored is topaz 9 - there is a just noticeable 
difference, the letters are slightly bigger. 

To get a pointer to the topaz 9 font, we fill in 
an "application form" with the text attributes of 
the desired font. The OpenFont command 
returns a pointer to a font with the right name 
and the nearest size, if it is available. The 
Set f-ont(Rast Port, fontPtr) command .sets the 
RastPort font pointer to the chosen font, 

tepaiO 

I 

TeiUttr.taJtjle-FSjoiiRU; 

/'reset the style to n-stial*/ 

TmUttr.ta FligiiFFf MRFdT; 

."ROB font*/ 

TeiWttr.tiJiMs-tgiiE.fflnt"; 

/•font n*ie*/ 

TutJlttr.tijSItt « ); 

/•font height*/ 

FflntPtr = fitrutt TdtFont *> 

OpinFontttTaitattr}; 

/•find font painler*/ 

it (FontPtr-J) 

( 

printf ("lorry squirt, nt topaz font"}; 

returntl); 

> 

Setfnnt(rp,FoivtPtr); 

/•tit the font*/ 

r Eturri trj] ; 

) 



Something more exotic 

In addition to the rom fonts there are several oth- 
ers stored in the fonts directory on the 
Workbench disk. Each has a header with the font 
name and sizes available, and a subdirectory with 
the dot pattern details for each see, 
For the garnet font: 

fHtl/>ifHt.f<lt If til t-ad;- 

fflAti/girnet/9 is tha details cf tha girnit fent, 
sin 9 

funts/garnet/tD is the detail nl the girnet font, 
si IB li 

To obtain a pointer to one of these fonts, the 
command Open Disk FontftextAttr) is used in a 
similar way to the command OpenFont for a font 
stored in mm: 

■trittO 
t 

Tcit'ttir.t* S()-le=FSJDRWL; 
-eitJItlf.ti FUgs=FPF DliRFMT; 
/'illsfc rant*/ 
Ia«tJlttf.UjSiie=H r ' 
Ic«t*tti.tOiK='g arise t.foait"; 
FmlPtp5[sl»utl TeitFsnt *J 
OpMSistFontd'titJlttr); 
/'find (»nt painter'/ 
J 

The font can be set, and the style changed as far 

a rom Font. The OpenDiskFont command is in 
the DiskFont Library, which is usually in the LIBS: 
directory of the system disk. This library has to be 
opened before either of its commands 
(OpenDiskFont and AvailFants) can be used. 

There are several things that can go wrong 
when dealing with disk-based commands or 




data. First, the DiskFont Library may be in the 

wrong place at runtime, making obtaining its 
pointer impossible. 

The fonts directory should be in place when 
the disk is booted up, and at runtime. It is possi- 
ble to check whether the fonts directory is in 
place during the program run. The routine sys- 
discQ returns a. value of if the fonts directory is 
in place and a value of 1 otherwise, 

struct Leek 'roetlock; 

roa-tUck-tstriict Uck *} 

L«k("dfl); fonts 1 , ACCESS JtaD); 

it (ronllnt't=-=0) riturnTl); 

UnL«cl(roQtlotk); 

retuntlOS; 

} 

The directory may be present and correct, and 
the chosen font AWQL in which case a graceful 
exit is needed. I also found when writing the text 
demo on the support disk that all the usual syn- 
tax errors, misspellings and other bugs are avail- 
able to the creative programmer. 

There are many fonts available. Some are 
named after jewels and stored on the Workbench 
disk, some are named more prosaically and 
stored on the Extras disk, Many are on PD disks. 
There is certainly no need to construct your own 
font, pixel by pixel. 

Unfortunately the tent routines can be a little 
stow, so when speed is Important it is better to 
put the chosen letters on a DPaint screen, read 
them in as a BitMap, and use BltBitMap to put 
them an the screen. 



The program 



The program on the support disk demonstrates 
text fonts and styles. The program exits with <i 
message if the diskfont library fails to open, this 
usually happens if the file dfOilibs/diskfont.library 
is absent. The program exits with a message if 
the directory dfQ;fonts is missing. 

A window is opened and a menu offers three 
mutually exclusive text styles; a. text string is redis- 
played each time the style or font is changed. 
Three of the gadgets are for a topaz 9 ROM Font 
(boring), a sapphire 14 Disk font (gothic script), 
and a garnet 1 6 Diskfont (a bit weird). 

If the font is not available, a message will be 
on the calling screen and the text Will not 
change. The executable code and source for the 
main program and for the gadgets should all be 
in the code clinic directory, 

The diskfont library should be in the LIB 5- 
di rectory, and the garnet and sapphire fonts in 
the FONTS: directory, if space is available on the 
support disk, If the support disk is too full of 
other goodies you can utilise the Workbench 
copies of these files. 



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In the interests of mutual understanding, 
meaningful exchange of ideas, European 
harmony and all that, Amiga Computing pre- 
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BLEED 

Official definition: A picture that Meed* is one 

that goes right out to the edge of the paper, and 

the bleed area of a page is trie entire page after 

trimming.. 

Real definition: A bleeding picture is so called 

because it's always cut off in the wrong place. 

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in common printing use, the err dash and en 
dash. An em dash is the width of the letter m at 
the same point size, an en dash is haif that. 
Dashes - which are used to separate parts of a 
sentence like this - are quite distinct from 
hyphens, which create a joined-up word like this. 
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to create a dash as this is unnecessary in DTP, 
where proper dashes are available. 
Real definition: Ems and ens are also called 
"muttons" and "nuts", which says a lot about 
typesetters, really. 

FACE 

Official definition: There is endless pedantry 
over the respective definitions erf "typeface" and 

"font". When people get tired of the argument 
they generally agree that a typeface is a particular 
design - as in "Stanley Morison designed the 
typeface Times Roman" - which can appear in 
many different sues, weights and so on. 
Real definition: If only we could change our own 
faces that easily. 

FAMILY 

Official definition: A type family is a group of 
faces (so far, so anthropomorphic...) based on 
the same design but rendered differently - for 
instance, the members of the family Times 
include italic, bold, bold italic small capitals, and 
soon. 

Real definition: If only we could change our own 
families that easily. 

FONT 

Official definition: A font is a particular weight 
of a particular face, such as 72pt Times Bold. 
Real definition: You say "font", I say "fount", 
let's call the whole thing off. 

LEADING 

Official definition: As every 
schoolperson knows, the 
term "leading" derives from 
the old days of hot metal type- 
setting, when smooth lead 
would be inserted between lines 
to make a blank space. This has 
led to some confusion between the 



What does mutton have to do with dashes? 
Barnaby Page explains a few of the truths 
hidden deep in DTP parlance 



old school and the new. In the hot-metal era, 
tent set 12/14pl would be referred to as "12pt 
with a 2pt lead", because only 2pts of blank lead 
had to be used. However, most DTP packages 
use the term to mean the total distance between 
baselines, so 1 2/1 4pt text has a 1 4pt lead. 
Real definition: Lead's poisonous, too. 

POINT 

Official definition: A point is both a measure of 

distance on a page and of type size. It's about 
0.014 inches or 0.35 millimetres. Twelve points 
make a pica. 

However, just in case we thought it was easy, 
a 72pt letter is not 72 points high, or wide, or 
anything else. Capital letters in most faces have 
an actual height between 60% and 75% of their 
alleged point size. 

Real definition: The French Didol point is a dif- 
ferent size again. It gets worse... 

POSTERISE 

Official definition: This is more or less what 

Andy Warhol did to Marilyn, though the origin of 
the term is unclear. Posterisation occurs when an 
image containing shades - whether of grey or 
colour - has the number of different shades 
reduced, 

The most common, and trendy, example is 
that of a two-level grey posterisation, in which 
anything under 50 per cent grey becomes white 
and anything over becomes black. (This is a great 
way of jawing up an indifferent picture). 

You can have posterisation to four, eight, 16 
or any number of leveis, but the more levels there 
are, the less noticeable the result will be. 
Real definition: Moderation in all things. 

RULE 

Official definition: Rules, or ruling lines, are used 
to make the design of a page explicit by separat- 
ing columns, keeping different articles apart, and 
so on. They are also used around pictures and 
tinted boxes to emphasise the shape and to stop 
colours from appearing to run into 
the white page. The 
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is Jpt deep. Rules are normally single unbroken 
lines, but they can be dashed or used in combi- 
nation - thick and thin rules together are called 

Oxford rules. 

Traditionally, njles were purely functional, but 
in the last couple of decades designers have 
started to use them as key elements in the' dis- 
tinctive look of a publication- 
Real definition: There to be broken. 

SEPARATION 

AIsd called "process colour" 
Official definition: In printing it would be unfea- 
sible to have different inks for every colour that 
appears on a page, especially in colour pho- 
tographs, Instead, nearly all colours are made up 
from a combination of cyan (blue), magenta 
(red), yellow and black, abbreviated to CMYK. 
Before you ask, the K stands for "key", for reasons 
lost in the mists of time- 
In separation, software analyses the content of 
each colour on the- page, and outputs four pieces 
of printer's film, one for each of CMYK. The 
magenta film, for instance, will be heavily shaded 
in areas of the page which use a tot of magenta. 

Although colour-separation capabilities are still 
rare in DTP, they've become more common in 
the past couple of years. 

Real definition: What can very often happen 
between DTP designers and their spouses/signifi- 
cant others. 

SPOT COLOUR 

Official definition: A spot colour is a single 
colour used in addition to black in a publication. 
It can be used in different shades, from very light 
(about TO per cent) to solid (100 per cent), but 
the colour itself can't change. It's a lot cheaper to 
print than process colour and on colour com- 
puter printers is usually the only option, 
Real definition: Usually red. 

VIGNETTE 

Official definition: vignetting is a difficult, but 

achievable, technique in which the edges of a 
photographic image or tinted area are "faded 
into" the background of the page, rather than 
stopping abruptly. It can't be done in page 
design software, but requires an image-process- 
ing package- 
Real definition: I'd prefer salad cream. 



Barnaby Page is editor of PrePress maga- 
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The scene has taken a rather 
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software around at the moment is not 
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ented machine like the Amiga. The 
libraries are overflowing with demos 
and animations which, while rather 
pretty and involving clever program- 
ming techniques, are generally useless. 
Some libraries:, I believe, are more 
interested in making a fast buck than in 
gaining a great reputation for supplying 
quality material, They shall remain 
nameless as I would rather not be sued 
for libel, but I shall leave it to you to 
come to your own conclusions. 

"So what have you dug up for us 
this month?" I hear you cry. Wdl, be 
prepared for some curious and interest- 
ing programs and games, Even among 
all the rubbish there are, if you're pre- 
pared to search diligently, rewards to 
be had for your time, effort and money. 

Strictly what? 

Strictly PD have come up with some 
great utilities and entertaining games 

software this month. On disk #E210 
you'll find Blue Moon, a patience-style 
card game. 

You have to arrange the- four suits of 
a full card deck in ascending order from 
ace up to and including the king, This is 
not as easy as it first appears. It is nearly 
impossible to finish the game in one 
deal and you may find that you need 
seven or eight deals to complete it. 

Also on this disk are Cobra, Shorties 
and Air War. Cobra is a tile game like 
those where you must arrange the 
numbers in ascending order. This time 
it's a picture of four Cobras. There are 
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to keep your attention. 

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the right colour or whether It is sitting 
in the right place. 

Air War is a flight simulator. There is 
a subtie difference between it and most 
flight iims, though- I believe it is an 
American program which you play 
against other players while connected 
by modem to a network. I'm not too 
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and DTE - although they weren't avail- 
able while I was playing the game. 

Maybe it's just an optiu-n you'ie 
allowed to have, like flight Simulator II, 
so you can play witn iriends it (Uit isn't 
cfear trorn the doajnieniaiion. 

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objects in three dimensional space and 
produce animations of their objects. 

You can be a Hotter if you want Just 
get hold of Strictly PD disk JtU228 and 
you can Rot to your heart's content 
using the ROT program. It allows you 
to design an object like you would in a 
ray tracing package, and animate it in 
three dimensions. 

You have three windows and various 
views, of the three dimensional plane, 
and you position a dot at various places 
within each window to build up your 
object. 

The windows have a different view 
of the objiect, from front, side and top. 
Each point of your object has three co- 
ordinates x, y and z, Its quite confusing 
at first but you'll get the hang of it if 
you persevere, 

Once you have built your object you 
can animate it by loading in one of the 
pre-programmed animation files and 
watch it tumble, roll and rotate, It's an 
interesting one that 1 believe has- been 
around for some time. To contact 
Strictly PD you'll- have to write to 1 1 
York Place, Brandon Mill, Bristol, BS1 
5UY. 

Games Galore 

The first Cames Galore offering, lumpy, 
is inluriatingly addictive. To score 
points you have to collect the bones 
that are scattered around the various 
levels. There are some nasties to con- 
tend with and because it's so damned 
hard you're supplied with nine lives. I 
don't think Jumpy is a cat though, 
more a smiling face that bounces 
around the screen. 

its quite hard at first but once you 
get the hang of it you're in For some fun. 
There is a level editor which adds to the 
enjoyment, the graphics are pleasant 
and the music is not too bad. Some 
tunes get on your nerves after a while 
but the boinging of Jumpy doesn't. 
C-Robots is an intriguing game, and 



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system for a robot. You are supplied 
with various routines for combat and 
movement and must construct a pro- 



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Twintrii it a (tfo •» ten-ptaver version of Trim 



gram to knock out or kill your oppo- 
nent's robots. 

If you don't have any programming 
skills, then this game is probably not 
your cup of tea, but the programmers 
among you will find this an unusual 
way to pass an evening. So invite the 
programming team round, get the 
Project Leader involved and have a 
good night's programming at your 
Amiga's expense. 

Other games on this disk include yet 
another Breakout done called SB, and 
Five-irva-row which is a variation on 
noughts and crosses - the exception 
being that instead of making three in a 
row you have to make five. Woritbench 
graphics and no sound with this one 
I'm afraid. 

Probably the best game on this disk 
is Air Traffic Control. I played it for 
hours. The graphics of ATC are defi- 
nitely nothing to boast about - the pro- 
gram was probably written in Basic - 
but what a gamel 

The object is to take on a position as 
the air traffic controller for an airport. 
You control between 20 and 1 00 flights 
- and 20 is hard enough, let alone 1 00. 
Despite its very, very bask graphics, 
and limited use of the Amiga's speech 
synthesizer, it's one of the most addic- 
tive games. I've played, ever! Just think 
what it's like for a real air traffic con- 
troller coping with more than 100 
every day! Definitely not a job for the 
faint-hearted. Order the disk just to get 
your hands on ATC. 

Tetris revisited 

Chances are that you've seen or already 
have Tetris but if you've never seen it, 
it's definitely worth buying. Tetris is one 

of the success stories of recent times. 
First written for the PC two or three 

years ago it has blossomed and is avail- 
able on many formats. Funnily enough, 



another 

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when I tried to purchase a copy of 
Tetris for my Amiga it was not available 
so I bought the Nintendo CameBoy 
version just for this game. I have been 
scouring the PD disks for a version for 
some time and now I've found a very 
good implementation. 

Twintris, as it is called, is a two to 
ten-piayer version of Tetris. The object 
is to fit blocks of differing shapes and 
sizes together to make horizontal lines. 
A friend of mine wrote a version of this 
In Modula-2 at college to run on Sun 
Microsystems workstations but when 
the faculty found out everyone was 
playing it, it was removed from the sys- 
tem. Shame! 

The graphics are rather colourful, 
movement is smooth, and a nice tune 
accompanies the action. Tetris must be 
one of the all-time great computer 
games and if you've never seen it, it's 
about time you did. Twmtris is on Virus 
Free PD's disk #1631. 

Beware kids at work 

The Government has taken steps to 
make the youth of today computer lit- 
erate. If you want to follow the 
Government's initiative, and young 
Gerald is allowed to play with Daddy's 
machine, then you might start, by get- 
ting 'hold of the Talking Colouring 
Book. 

This is basically a program for 
younger children to assist them in their 
verbal and artistic pursuits. Most chil- 
dren like to colour pictures and with 
this you might be able to teach them to 
talk as well, if they don't already. 
Although, on reflection, I wouldn't rec- 
ommend it - they may end up with an 
intonation like the Amiga. Horrific 
thought. 

The Talking Book makes use of the 
Amiga's speech facilities and talks the 
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> actually getting involved with painting 
pictures. It r s quite user-friendly and 
shouldn't pose a problem for young- 
sters with a little computer knowledge, 
Daddy could always keep a watchful 
eye over them, though, jo his precious 
machine does not suffer any melted ice 
cream stains or succumb to gratuitous 
violence. 

The Talking Book is available from 
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You've marvelled at those demos, 
you've thought, "He's got to grips with 
vector algebra", you've been amazed at 
those colourful backdrops and won- 
dered how it's all been done. Welt now 
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Fishing for disks 



While I was searching through the 
heaps of PD I came across *n interest- 
ing program that wouldn't be out of 
place in a disk box labelled 
"Curiosities". Drawmap can construct 
a map of the world relatively qutcfciy 

It is similar in style to the Globe pro- 
gram which was submitted to. this 
magazine aeons ago. But this one u 
much more involved, allowing you to 
specify a point around which the map 
is drawn - anywhere from trie 
Greenwich mendian to Antarctica. It 
operates in Interface but the colours 
have been chosen specifically to elimi- 
nate most of the flicker, and it works 
quite well. 

There are three chokes of map to 
draw, and you can zoom in and out of 
the picture. Options to enter text and 
draw lines are available, allowing you 
to place your own paints on the map 
with headings, and a shadow effect is 
also supplied, 

DrawWap is available on Fred 
disk #485 along with a terminal emu- 
lator and card game thrown in for 
good measure. The program was 
released on earlier disks but has been 
much improved. 

Making waves 

There is plenty of Midi utility software 
dround in- the public domain and on 
Fish Disk #4$1 there's more! If you 
have more than just a passing interest 
m computer music, and you own a 
Kawai K1 synth, you might be inter- 
ested in this librarian. 

I don't profess to know a great deal 
about Midi but if you're looking for a 
patch editor and librarian this disk is 
the one to get. Also included is yet 
another version of Tron light cycles, 
and Wavemaker, with which you can 
make complicated waveforms then 
play the resulting sound output on 




your keyboard. It's a bit like 

WonderSound which was reviewed a 
couple of months back. 

On Fish disk #482 this month are 
two rather technical programs for 
those either studying chemistry to 
degree ievei or who have an interest in 
astronomy. 

Universities equipped with graphics 
facilities have for a long lime been 
using their mainframes to model the 
structures of molecules. If you under- 
stand atomic structure you might be 
pleased to know you can now do the 
same on your humble Amiga. Not only 
can you play terrific games, you can 
model molecules as well, Incredible! 

With MoJecld you can edit a file 
that contains the positions of the 
molecules in space - which you obtain 
from X-ray photography - and then 
the Amiga displays your molecule in 
640 * 512 resolution and full colour. 
You can translate and rotate the 
molecule in three dimensional space 
just as you would with a powerful 
graphics workstation, but Dnly in wine 
frame mode. 

The program takes about 1 to 3D 
seconds to display your molecule, 
depending on the number of atoms in 



it, You'll need at least one megabyte of 
memory for this one, 

Starry eyed 

Ephemer Is also on this disk and allows 
you to determine exactly where in the 
sky the planets and sun will be at vari- 
ous dates and times. This is useful if 
you want to observe Venus in the 
night sky, for example. So if you like 
astronomy and can't be bothered to 
make the lengthy calcuiations yourself, 
this is a must. 

Fish disk #484 contains a small pro- 
gram which enables you to display 
your own IFF format picture file 
instead of the hand holding the blue 
disk when you turn your machine on 
or reset it. It's quite simple to do, tak- 
ing only one command line, and you 
can specify the colours you want fad- 
ing in and out. 

And finally there is Sprlght, a sprite 
editor. You can design and attach 
sprites so you have more than the 
usual three colour? plus background- 
Trie, data can be saved to a file, In 
addition there is an IFF file viewer 
which is reputed to be one of the 
fastest available. 



Amiga Nuts United's Copper Writer. 

The Copper chip is a piece of the 
Amiga's hardware that allows you to 
write values into the machine's hard- 
ware registers at certain raster times. 
This may mean, for example, changing 
the background colour to red at the top 
and blue at the bottom. Well, with 
Copper Writer it's made a lot simpler 
with a nice user interface and keyed 
commands. 

If you want to use your backdrop 
creation in your own programs you'll 
have to wail a while because the author 
hasn't got round to allowing users of 
Copper Writer to do this yet. But you 
can save the file and soon there should 
be another program to allow you to 
"do it yourself", 

Block It 

Block It on Virus Free PD's disk #151 1 is 
a good game but I still don't fully 
understand it. I think the idea is to 
remove blocks of the same pattern as 
the one the creature holds in the game. 
Well, it's more of a spud than a crea- 
ture. 

You fire your block and it eradicates 
similar blocks leaving others 
untouched. A doc file here would have 
been nice but because it isn't run from 
Workbench they didn't supply one, 
That really infuriates me. You get a 
game but no docs. A real pain in the 
butt, 

Budget tracing 

If you read last month's article about 
ray tracing and Senlac Software's pro- 
gram 3D Master, you might be inter- 
ested to know that the commercial 
release C- Light has just been released 
into the public domain. It was originaily 
on sale at around the £60 or f 70 mark 
but the author has decided to place it 
in the public domain. 

C- Light is quite a sophisticated pack- 
age and contains a scene editor, scene 
generator and an animation program, 
so you can create your own ray traced 
animations easily, and best of all, 
cheaply. I have to say that although the 
quality of the renderings is not up to 
the same standard as 3D Master, it's 
stil I well worth a look. 

If you're seriously interested in ray 
tracing you could do no better than to 
check this out. C-Light is available on 
Seventeen Bit Software disk #1111 and 
you can give them a ring on 0924 
366982 for more details. 

Icon magic 

If you want to design your own icons 
but don't have the icon editor that was 
on the coverdisk some months ago, 
then you might like to get hold of Icon 
Magic, on disk HHJ61 3 from NBS. You 
can do all the usual DPaint-like opera- 
tions such as flip, mirror and magnify, 
and you edit the icon within a window > 




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> on the so ten. If you have some artistic 
flair, gel Icon Magic Irom NBS. Their 
address n 1 32 Gunville Road, Newport 
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a phwiie number tor them. 

Schizoid 

There have been many programs 
around tor a while now which enable 
you to use MSdos dislts with your 
Am iga. Oos-2-Dos ii probably the bel- 
ter known ol any and is a useful pro- 
grain. MtssyDys has now arrived which 
is similar to Dos-i-Dus except that the 
functional aspect ot it IS rather limited. 

MessyDus allows yuu to read MSdos 
lormatted diskette it id you can trans- 
it PC tiles to Amiga format and viee- 
versa, tosssyDos allows you to use the 
same Amiga disk commands as you 
nvufd for normal AmigaDos diskettes. 
Commands like "dir'/ltst" and so on. 
there are no facilities for formatting 
Midoi disks with your Amiga though. 

To read an MSdos disk r MessyDos 
uses IH own device file, The MSdos 
device is used by calling the device 
MSri: and mounted as standard. There 
1$. a mounilist entry on the disk for the 
drive and yuu use it by just typing 
Mount MiH.. 

The goud thing about MessyDos is 
that yuu «»an me Mbdos diskettes in the 
idme drive yuu use tor Amiga diskettes, 
10 you don't need an additional disk 
drive, it you issue a dif command and 



the disk in the drive is not AmigaDos 
format, the Messydos device takes over 
and assumes it is an MSdos formatted 
disk. 

You could make use of Messydos 
when using a modem, and could trans- 
fer PC files to PC bulletin boards, 
although why you would want to I 
don't know. If you use an Amiga you'd 
stick to Amiga BBS's surely? But if you 
had access to a PC you could download 
PC files from the bulletin board and 
then transfer them to your PC format. 



Super SID 



SID has been around a while now and 

is probably one of the most useful utili- 
ties around- It has taken on a new 
dimension and comes supplied with 
MessyDos format so now it allows you 
to transfer your Amiga format files to 
MSdos and back. 

If you didn't get SID on the 
CQverdisk, why not? It allows you to 
copy files, set the protection bits, arc 
files, unanc files, listen to sound samples 
and gives you complete control over 
your Amiga's f i le system. 

With Mes5ySid one drive is MSdos 
format and the other is Amiga format I 
don't know whether it's possible to use 
one drive as both devices but it is possi- 
ble with MessyDos to use one drive 
only, 

When MessySid is booted it installs 
an MSdos device on your disk drives 



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Take care 



My Amiga recently suffered from virus infection and it was lucky I 
had a virus detector to hand. They are invaluable in detecting and 
eliminating strains of virus that some people never realise are pre- 
sent. 

It's a shame that some people decide to write virus programs. It's 
an idiotic pastime and 1 wish there was some legislation introduced 
to prosecute the authors of such works. Viruses inevitably do more 
harm than good; some are harmless, others aren't, nevertheless it's 
better to be without one. The worst types of virus are those that 
corrupt your software or data files. 

I feel vulnerable now that my system has been infiltrated by a 
virus and \ have learned the lesson that no disk is safe from such a 
menace. I shall endeavour to keep my software virus free and intend 
to scrutinise all the software that passes through my hands, 

I would suggest that any software you come across in future is 
vetted with the same caution I shall adopt from now on. 



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The good thing 
about MessyDos is 
that you can use 
MSdos diskettes in 
the same drive you 
use for your Amiga 
Diskettes % 

automaticaiy. If you have two drives, 
DM should become the MSdos device, 
it's easier that way. Let's say you have 
an Amiga format disk in drive and an 
MSdos format disk in drive 1- If you've 
just spent half an hour on a local PC 
BBS and you can't be bothered to swap 
your modem around with your PC, you 
just download the PC file, run 
MessySid, pop in an MSdos formatted 
disk and copy the file over, Simptel 

Utilities 

Orbital PD have a collection of disks 
with some great utilities you should not 
be without. At the moment I believe 
they have four utility disks crammed 
with stuff ranging from virus checkers 
to bootblack writers.. And even belter, 
they are executed from a menu selec- 
tion program so there's no need to 
mess about with the CU, which can be 
a very daunting and horrific experience 
for the novice, Orbital PD are at 5, 
Creen Lane, South Chailey, East Sussex, 
You can phone them on 02? 3 401286. 
Do you have a modem? If you do, or 
are thinking of venturing into the world 
of comms, you're going to need some 
utilities. Most bulletin boards have pub- 
lie domain software on them but yoo 



may find that the files are archived or 
warped. 

New Wave Software have compiled 
a disk of modem utilities and it contains 
probably most, if not all, of what you're 
going to need to make the most out of 
your communications. 

Files included are terminal emula- 
tors, archivers, unarchivers, and virtu- 
ally everything you need. Hew Wave 
are on 061 &33 5378 and the disk is 
called Util 3. 

And finally 

You may find if you make enquiries that 
some of the software mentioned in this 
column can be rather expensive. There 
are numerous titles for PD software, like 
shareware, diskware and licenseware. 

If you read the article a couple of 
months back on the PD scene you'll 
understand, Not every PD release is 
cheap and you should bear this in mind 
when you intend purchasing any soft- 
ware that is mentioned. Prices can 
range from as low as 40 pence to as 
much, as £10 in some cases, so be pre- 
pared. 

Well, that wraps it up for this month, 
join me next month for another look at 
the world of PD. 

Adios ... 



Famous last words 

Should you purchase any of 
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indeed any public domain 
coliware, spare a thought 
lor the author who has 
spent lime and effort 10 
make your computing expe 
Hence an enjoyable OfW- 
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and send in the caih - after 
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sampled sounds: Cut and paste them, flip and fade them 
and you're still only using a tiny traction of the sound 
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with IFF picture files. , 

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sampling system for only £34.95 

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CDTV blues 

l have been the proud 
CDTV for a lew weeks 
wish to express my feelings 
I found when I took it 
shop. 

I hurriedly opened tfl# 
could impress my friends **t 
ertts with the Hutchingson* 
what did I find? A blue p*ece of p« 
new Interactive medium? 

No! What it is is J I 
Lemmings and the Em 
days for delivery". Great! 

So what do you get with I 
dancing machine? Well voc get • 
least you didn't have to send —1 
voucherl) an RF cable, a pa* 
"Caddy" (nothing to do 
disk. 

So what do you do with 
machine? Wetl, you can e«hcr 
until you want to destroy it v 
What it doesn't mention anywha 
nect an external Amiga daft 4 
Amiga software - as long is P» 
use the keyboard. 

Eventually I went down to my 
and ordered Sim City, it's great? 
Amiga, version. 

Don't get me wrong, the C 
machine but the way in which Commodore ddpat 
is very poorly thought out rvfarrl 

I still have a few questions to tak i«i^ 
4 Is there any way at al Out yam c ftm 

Amiga up to the CDTV so that yaw can mt We Amga 
keyboard, maybe through the jj* of a -%M aiodern 
link up ? 

• Wrll you be covering the CDTV? » wr— n g toftware 
that comes out for it, etc? 

• When will the CDTV RAM car* and *• CDTV key- 
board be available? 

• Where can I get hold of CD+C 

Finally, on a happier not* I would tfcr to thank 
diehard Grantham at Commodore and Otoons Perth 
for all the trouble that they went PtrJugT *or m* to 
get my CDTV as I wasn't due to get < *or mother live 
weeks yeL 

CtiaVi Irown, re*ih 

Firstly, You can't use a standard Amiga keyboard 
with the CDTV via any conventional mean s . 

We certainly will be giving CDTV the coverage it 

Ezra online 

Ezra Surf can be contacted on a whole host of 
bulletin boards and conferenonrj systens tf you 
have anything to say, get it off your chest onfneJ 

Amiga Computing now alio has >ti own 
Fidonet echo which is being earned by MS sys- 
tems up and down the country Any Fido sysops 
interested in hooking up should contact 01 for 
Amiga to receive this echo. 

Additionally our mail man with the most Ezra 
Surf, hangs out on the following services: 



deserves. How much that amounts to will depend 
on how well the machine does. I suspect that the 
advent of the A690 CDTV external drive for the 
Amiga family will promote a rapid growth in CDTV 
Software. 

As for wh-en the keyboard and ram packs will be 
ready, I'm afraid CDTV peripherals are always "In 
the pipeline" when I speak to Commodore. When 
they will actually surface is anyone's guess. 

Finally, CD+G CDs can be obtained from your 
local record slot e, They won't haive a separate sec- 
tion for them, instead some "normal" music CDs 
are actually in the CD+G format (Fleetwood Mac 
springs to mind). 



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On reading the July 1991 edition of your magazine I 
noticed a "joystick review" this so-called review is a 
pile of s**t to say the least. It had numerable errors 
and was totally inaccurate, for example you rate the 
cruiser at 75 "Pardon" 75, that's rightl 

Furthermore you rate the Cheetah 125+ at 70. My 
God, it is not even micraswicched and the handle 
tends to snap. Sure, I hear you say, but what about 
ergonomics? Fine, I feel completely -easier using the 
cruiser or any other joystick come to that. 

The Competition Pro. got an incredible 100, 'cos of 
the e*tra rapid and slow motion buttons, but can you 
tell me how the reviewers play games, because all the 
people I know, inefuding myself say that those afore- 
mentioned buttons get in the way? 

And did you tell anyone that the shaft is like trying 
to shift a 5 tonne boulder for the first three years? NO! 
Forgot that bit didn't you! 

Get the ratings right in future. As far as the best joy- 
stick goes I would rate the number one stick as the 
lipstick. Second would be the Competition Pro fol- 
lowed by the Cruiser. 

Julian Foster, Newport 

Dear oh dear. Vou really didn't like our joysticks 
buyer's guide did you? All I can say is that Steve, 



Write away! 

Got something to say through the pages of Amiga 
Computing ? 

Ezra Surf is our mailman, dedicated to sitting in a 
comer reading your letters and selecting Lhe most 
interesting for publication. 

Ezra's favourite letters now get rewarded with 
exclusive Amiga Computing designer Tsh iris. 

Drop him a line it Ezra Surf's Postbag, Amiga 
Computing, Europa House. Ad!ingtor\ Path, 
Macclesfield, SKI 4NP 



Jason and Doug know a good stick when they wag- 
gle it. 

You obviously have your own very strong opin- 
ions on joysticks, so I can't understand why you 
bothered to seek our advice in the first place. 



PD predators? 









Having recently discovered the delights of PD software 
I am curious to know whether sales in the commercial 
software world have been affected. With the quality 
and quantity of PD ever increasing I would think that 
commercial houses would and should feci threatened 
by the onset of high quality software. 

Commercial houses are, of course, using the PD 
scene to publish demos of future releases, a move 
which has to be commended. Perhaps if all commer- 
cial software was available to be sampled like this. 
fewer people would experience that ripped -off feeling 
after paying £25 for a game/utility that falls below 
expectations. 

I certainly hope that commercial houses take a long 
look at the effect PD is hawing. Not only does it play a 
part in combating piracy but also in my view it could 
lead to the demise of some software companies. 

On a lighter note I would just like to agree with the 
comments of Chris Cannon (ESP Issue 38 |uly 51) 
regarding mail order, I have just returned from Irving *" 




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first I'll not bore you with the niceties of the standard creep letter format But I will say, as everyone does, that Amiga 
Computing rs undoubtedly the best magazine for the Amiga around. Keep up the good work lads, oh and lasses. 

Right, now the mindless drivel has been disposed of, I can get down to the nitty-gritty, it al! started one day when I 
was using my Amiga and contemplating the universe, I then asked myself the mindbogglmg questions like; is Eaa your 
real name? Why are train always late? And what the heck is "Curu Meditation 11 ? 

Please, please, please (and one for good luck, PLEASE) could you delve into the depths of your brain and tell us sim- 
pletons, who are only mere beginners to the Amiga, what It is? 1 know it is something to do with software crashing. 
And how if possible can I reduce, or even stop, its numerous and unwelcome appearance!? 

Neal Allen-Burt, Cheshire 

A Guru Meditation ii the Amiga's way of telling you, the only way It knows how, that It just can't take any more 

flbtltfn 

The huge number displayed within the Guru's red box is a debug diagnostic, allowing programmers to wort 
out where things are going wrong, and sometimes even why! 

The Guru usual ry comes to visit when you are running public domain demos - which aren't renowned for 
being O/S legal. Alternatively, pushing the Amiga's multitasking powers a bit too far can lead to a nervous 
breakdown under the vanilla bonnet 

If I knew how to stop Guru's happening on the Amiga I would be the richest person I know. 






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in Germany for two years and the three companies 
that I dealt with during that time gave me the very 
best service I could have asked for. They were Evesham 
Micros, Gordon Harwood Computers and Crazy |a*'s 
PD library. Thanks for a really informative magazine. 

Steve Marshall, Walllngfonl, Oxon 

I have to agree that the quality of some public 
domain software is very high, as a look at this 
month' s PD column will prove, 1 don't think that 
commercial houses feel too threatened to be hon- 
est. After all, there is a lot of programming talent 
out there and the public domain is an excellent way 
for programmers to develop their skills before 
being snapped up for commercial projects. 

Catalogue con 

I am a regular reader of Amiga Computing (Honest) and 

I think it is the best of the bunch when reviewing soft- 
ware and hardware (that bit is honest too). I have had 
my Amiga A500 for over two and a half years and use 
it for everything, from desktop publishing (Pagesetter 

II - it's basic but Pretext is well out of my price range) 
to entertainment (Lemmings still wastes hours and 
hours). 

But I am not writing to tell you about me. A mail 
ordeF firm is selling an MSdos computer which does 
more that it's meant to. A photograph in a catalogue 
selling a Commodore PC, shows a PC20HD running 
the Preferences program from Workbench via 
Kickstart, Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but the 
PCZOHD never had (and I don't think ever will have) 
the ability to emulate the set of Amiga computers, 
which are the only ones to run Kickstart as an operat- 
ing system. 

That is not all either, most of the home shopping 
adverts for computers that I have looked at seem to 
have something wrong with the description or the 
photograph that they are selling the computer on. Are 
these types of companies being slapdash on purpose 
or are the people that produce these catalogues igno- 
rant to facts? I personally, go for the latter and it 
makes me very mad indeed, as facts conveyed in an 
inaccurate manner always do. 

While we are on the subject of inaccuracies, I hope 

you lot are going to apologise to Empire Software for 

telling readers that Megatraveller I costs £00.00, when 

in fact it costs £29.99 (oh dear, what a silly mistake). 

Andrew Finlayson, Blackpool 

The only thing that the PCZOHD and the Amiga 
have in common is the manufacturer. Commodore. 



My guess is that after getting the setup perfect for 
a photograph of an Amiga 500, your catalogue 
company decided to simply switch the machines 
over and leave a«i Amiga display, running for the 
duration of their photo shoot. 

Mail order catalogues are often inaccurate with 
their specifications It is more critical, and notice- 
able with computer hardware though. I remember 
one firm was promising an A500 with 512 meg of 
memory! 

As for our Megatraveller gaffe, the silly mistakes 
are always the ones that get through! 

Hardy annual 

While visiting my local software shops the other day, I 
noticed that they were all selling many of the newest 
games at knock down process! 

While a single Sheffield shop normally may be 
found having a sale of some kind, it J s extremely 
unusual indeed to see them all in this state at the same 
time. I enquired at the counter. The shop assistant 
claimed that these cheap prices were due to the cur- 
rent recession, a sales slump and the fact that the 
majority of big releases are rushed out at Christmas. 

Is Sheffield merely an isolated case or is it the same 
nationwide? These stores must be feeling the unem- 
ployment sting very badiy - already, one local store 
has had to start filling its shelves with various paints, 
board-games and metal miniatures just to draw in 
more customers! 

Even worse, the software companies themselves 
must be in a bad way at the moment. If the shops, in 
desperation, are reducing their prices, in turn the com- 
panies will sell more games but at the same time mak- 
ing very little profit. Already, Hewson is one casualty 
that has gone under and I wonder who will be next 

Add to this the continual threat of piracy and we 
have problems, although this may be taking the issue 
just a little too far... 

Any suggestions you may have on this matter will 
be gratefully accepted. Do you think I am blowing it 
out of all proportion or just being realistic? 

Stuart N Hardy, Sheffield 

We really must meet sometime Stuart. After all, I 
spend most of my day replying to your multi- 
coloured letters. 

You don't have to be too perceptive to see that 
things are getting a bit competitive in the software 
business. The recession is certainly a major factor, 
but there are others. Take, for example, the sudden 
rush of budget software releases. These are all 



games, around a year or less old, being marketed at 
price points well below a tenner. 

It's not really a panic measure by software 
houses, more of a natural evolution. Take the cur. 
rent state of the S-bft market as an indicator. These 
formats are totally flooded with very cheap soft 
ware, but It is still a thriving business. 

1 6-bit machines are now established enough to 
support mass market budget titles, as Klxx, The Hit 
Squad and the like are only too happy to prove, 

Lost for words 

I have an A500 with a SI 2K ram extension and an 
external floppy drive. I do a fair amount of wordpro- 
cessing and also keep simple accounts. I'm beginning 
to feel that my requirements are outstripping the cur- 
rent setup. 

Specifically, I use ICT's Textcraft Plus for wordpro- 
cessing. It does pretty much everything I could want, 
but I wonder why it is so seldom mentioned in your 
magazine. You can't buy it anywhere- What am I miss- 
ing in a wordprocessor? 

If 1 decided to upgrade to another wordprocessor, 
would I need to type in ail my files again? 

toading and saving files is very slow. Is a hard disk 
the answer and what's involved in installing one? 

peter Downe, France 

Vou have answered your own question Peter. We 
don't mention Texcraft because it isn't widely availr 
able. A copy hasn't darkened Amiga Computlng'i 
door in my IMng memory. 

If you are quite happy, I see no real need for you 
to change to any other software. Should the urge 
overtake you, there will be no problem sucking all 
your Textcraft documents into whichever new pack 
age you plump for, providing Textcraft has a 
generic Ascii save option. 

A hard disk will speed up your file operations 
beyond recognition. They are easy to install, just a 
simple matter of removing the expansion slot cover 
on the left-hand side of your AS00 and pushing the 
hard disk in. 

Animated antics 

My daughter and I have happily been using Andrew's 
Animation Studio-, included on the coverdisk in the |uly 
issue of Amiga Computing All goes well until we try to 
save our masterpieces! However, we try and we get a 
disk error. 

I do find your magazine one of the best on the mar- 
ket for our needs. We are using the Amiga very much 
as an educational aid rather than a games machine. 
Please could you tell me what has been included on 
the coverdisks for the last few months so I can order 
some, if suitable? 

Graham Carter, Warks 

rimmm ... I'm not entirely sure why you are having 
problems with the animation studio. By the time 
you read this, tech wli and disk editor supreme, 
Stevie Kennedy, should have been in touch to help 
iron the problem out. 

As for back Issue coverdisks, the best thing to do 
Is contact Europress Direct, Take a look at the 
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Nick and Simon's excellent 
adventure 

As you COT imagine, there are Ms of 

"behind the scenes" people at Amiga 
Computing. Accounts, administration, 
advertising and all that sort of stuff. 

Even the "behind the srenes" peo- 
ple h?ve their own set of "behind the 
scenes" st?ff to rely on. Take, for 
wamp**, the shy retiring personas of 
Nkk Moran and Simon Williams. 

Hard working, committed and W 
dedicated, Nkk and Simon ane two of 
the key players at Eurapress. They both helped out at th 
l ft Bit Fai* like the rest of the Amiga Computing team. 

It wxt an eventful weekend far Nick. Within five minutes of arriving in London he 
harf succeeded in getting the Amiga Computing batmobile impounded. 

As you can imagine, a three day show isn't all work and no play. Arrned with 
nothing more than a pair of McDonalds shades, Nick and Simes set out to paint the 
town red, or at feast a subtle shade of pink. 

In 48 short hours, Amiga Computings answer to Hale and Pace had made lots of 
"new and interesting" friends. These included a bag lady and some gents who would 
like to haw got to know Nick better than time permitted. 

The highlight of the weekend for Nick and Simon wasn't the numerous trips out, 
the bright Ifcghti of London, the fine food and drink. It was, apparently, a screening 
O' the movip Bift and WS &fia*nt Adventure on Sky. 

PD winners - almost Fast format 



Nk *toG, an 



Many thanks to everyone who 

entered our massive PD competition a 
month or two ago. The entire 1 7-Bit 
disk library will be winging its way to 
a lucky winner very soon. 

Watch next month's Rock Lobster 
for the final result, Our diecision has 
been delayed because of the sheer 
number of entries our elves are hav- 
ing to sift through. 



We hope you enjoyed our exclusive pre- 
view of Deluxe Paint IV last month, We 
were the lirst UK magazine to get a 
review from someone who had used 
the product "hands-on" for more than 
haff a day. 

Another Amiga magazine is running 
its Deluxe Paint exclusive this month. It 
just goes to show that some exclusives 
are more exclusive than others, 



Caught in the act! 

it's caught in the act time again. For CfM 40 we have gone back to using ran- 
dom members of Europrew staff who happen to wander into the Amiga 
Computing enclosure. 

The usual spectacular prize is waiting for anyone who can come up with a 
caption for this utterly silly photo, 

The silly photo is of a pretty silly 
person, fonathan "Bilfa" Maddodk is 
one of the tribe of Euro press gofers. 
Serving the top floor of turopa House, 
these dedicated people have made an 
art form out of never being in the 
right place at any time. 

The right place for Biffa can't really 
be printed here, but he does tend to 
spend a fair amount of time avoiding [ 
the coffee machine, 

Sr nd your entries to: Biffa, Rock Lobster, Amiga Computing, Europa House, 
Adhngton Park, Maccleslield, SKI 4NP, 



Amiga (Computing) people 

Here it is, the picture that had Amiga Computing "almost pulled off the shelves". 

In this slice of digitiser history you see Paul Austin, Stevie Kennedy and Eddfa 
McKendrk*. This Simited edition print - only 109,000 printed - will grace any bed- 
room floor beautifully, 

We just can't empty our cupboards fast enough here at AC so it's time for another 
Rock Lobster mini competition. What we want you to do is guess the age ol each 
member of the team, then add the whole lot up and arrive at a total age. The nearest 
will be vepy smug indeed and will probably receive a breathtaking prize- 
Send your entries to Mid life Crisis, Rock Lobster, Amiga Computing Europa 
House, Adlington, Macclesfield, SK10 4NP. 



16 Bit Computer Fair - the awards 

during the three day event at the Novotel, 
Hammersmith. These aren't real awards, so don't take 
them too seriously... 




H is. with great pleasure that Amiga Computing announce 
the winners in their first annual 16-Bit show awards. 
Our panel of judges carefully selected the winners 



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Most Irritating exhibit: 
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Talking cigarette machine, Novotel 

Hammersmith 

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McDonalds shades, McDonalds, 
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